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“This church,” says Lewis, “is a spacious and | Huge Well, for the friars of St. John the Bapmagnificent cruciform structure, with a lofty and tist in Redcliffe. Lands were conferred on the same finely-proportioned tower at the west end, sur-church about that time, plainly showing that mounted by the remaining part of the spire, which here was one then in the parish. The tower and has not been rebuilt. The interior exhibits a con- spire we may safely refer to the reign of Edward I., tinued series of the richest specimens, in every as corresponding with known specimens of that variety, from the early to the later style of Eng- age. . . . To me it is quite clear that no part lish architecture: the roof is elaborately groined, of the present church is so early as 1294. That and supported on finely-clustered columns of the greater portion of it is to be ascribed to singular delicacy, and deeply-moulded arches of William Canynge, jun., may be safely inferred graceful elevation: all the proportions are grand, by the testimony of written documents and the and all the details rich and exquisitely finished. architectural features of the building. He was a The beautiful east window has been blocked up religious, a wealthy, and a charitable merchant; with paintings, which, though from the pencil of and, after amassing large riches, marrying, and Hogarth, cannot atone for the destruction of a having two children, and becoming a widower in feature so essential to the unity of effect that this 1460 or 1466, he retired from business and the splendid structure is calculated to produce. At civil and civic pursuits of life, to become priest of the intersection is a fine brass eagle, formed of the the religious house at Westbury-upon-Trym, refuse from the pin-manufactory, and presented founded by his confessor and early friend, John by the proprietor of that establishment. The Carpenter, bishop of Worcester. To this assonorth porch, which is entirely in the decorated ciation, to the influence of the catholic hierarchy style, is exquisitely beautiful; and the lady and to the general fashion of the age, we may rechapel, now used as a school-room, is a fine fer the size and style of the church. . . . That specimen of the later style.”
other persons contributed towards the same buildThe judgment of Mr. Britton coincides with that ing there can scarcely be a doubt ; indeed, the just detailed. “ As a parochial Christian temple," armorial bearings and devices on many of the says he, speaking of this church, “ it is acknow- bosses of the ceiling plainly show that the ledged to rank, if not the first, at least in the first | Staffords, Berkeleys, Beauchamps, Montacutes, class, amongst the many fine sacred edifices of and others, aided in this sacred and (supposed] our country. As compared with the cathedral and propitiatory work." conventual churches of England, it surpasses most The tower of this church is 120 feet in height, in symmetry of design, in harmony and unity of and to the top of the octagonal spire, as it now character, in rich and elaborate adornments, in remains in its mutilated condition, 200 feet. The the picturesque composition of exterior forms and size of the tower within is 23 by 24 feet. The parts, and in the fascinating combination of clus- diameter at the top of the fracture is 16 feet, and tered pillars, mullioned windows, panelled walls, that of the parapet 11. The thickness of the and groin-ribbed ceilings of the interior. I walls at the foundation is 7 feet, and 5 at the top know of no building to compare with it in of the tower. At the beginning of the spire all these features in Great Britain ; and I feel every stone is 2 feet thick, but, at the top of the assured there is none superior in graceful design fracture, only 4 inches. The whole length of the and beauty of detail in all civilized Europe. Ex- church is 239 feet, the breadth 54: the transept is cepting the cathedral of Salisbury, which is 117 feet long. The height of the roof is about 54 nearly of an age and design throughout, the other feet, and of that of the aisles 25 feet. cathedrals, and indeed most of the large parish There are three principal entrances, by a north, and conventual churches, consist of heterogeneous south, and west door. The north porch was proparts, of varied and discordant dates and styles." bably that of old chiefly used, being full of gothic To a certain extent this observation will apply to work, and niches for figures of saints and kings. the structure now described; for, as Mr. B. Here was also a confessional, the poor's charityafterwards observes, “there are four palpable box, and an image of the virgin. There are some varieties of Christian architecture in Redcliffe singular pillars in this porch, which give out a church, manifesting as many architects, and as peculiar tone when struck. They are hence called many different times when they were respectively dumb organs.” The north and west doors are designed and erected. The inner north porch, pow closed, and the entrance to the church is or vestibule, the tower and spire, the outer north through the highly-adorned south porch. Imporch, the body of the church, with the lady mediately over the central doorway is a range of chapel, and the south porch, I feel assured were acutely-pointed and crocketed pediments; and at built successively; and it is generally admitted the angles are double graduated buttresses, with that an older church was removed to give place sculptured canopies and pinnacles. to the present nave and chancel, with their aisles The interior is very magnificent. The roof is and the transept. The oldest of these members, of stone, and richly adorned with tracery : the i. e., the vestibule, is of a date between A.D. pillars which support it are lofty, and wrought 1200 and 1230. In 1207 lord Robert de Berkeley | into the most delicate mouldings: the walls begranted to Redcliffe church, at the request of tween the arches and the clerestory windows are William, the chaplain, his fountain of water from covered with panelling and pilasters,
MONTHLY BELLE ASSEMBLÉE.
NIOW THEY SPENT TIE NIGHT WHO DID NOT GO TO THE BALL.
BY P. P. c.
“ What you, Hannah, here! I thought you, we cannot; for Master Charles Macdonald's had gone to the ball with the rest !"
vanity would receive a sad rebuff could he see "No," said Hannah, casting a dissatisfied into inine. But pray tell me, Ella, what were look round the apartment—" I sent old Jeanie : your thoughts when I entered, and found you to bed; she had such sleepy red eyes, they made : gazing so fixedly on the shadowy inoonlight. mine wink for sympathy; and I have promised Your face looked so pole and spiritual, I could to sit up for the revellers, who I dare say will have taken you for a glost.” not return till skriegh of day;' and so I came “And it was about ghosts I was thinking,” here, making sure of your blazing fire and snug said Ella, in a tone very unlike the careless arm-chair; but you have let the fire smoulder levity of her cousin. “How curious it is, that quite low, and the moon is peering in at that in all nations and all religions there has been window in a most sepulchral style. I hate this feeling I cannot call it belief--that death is seeing the moon at a window, as much as I love not strong enough to quench the passions and walking under its rays out of doors; the tivo memories of the ranished soul; that coid and impressions belong to a totally distinct class of senseless, and eren repulsive, as that dead clay sensations. Are you going to bed, Ella dear, looks to the living, to the separated spirit it is or are you too turning nighi-watcher?”
still so endeared by long interlacement, that it “ I am not sleepy," answered Ella; “and I is compelled by mysterious sympathy to hover am very silly to-night, for I cannot help wishing round it! Llow very, very awfully does it prore to have gone with mamina to this dance; it our inmortality, that we cannot divest ourselves seenis hard at iny aye to be confined to two of this dread that the fugitive spirit, from its rooms, regulated by thermometer. And I know unscen retreat, should come back, and mingle Harry Vane was to be there, and I did so long in tlie worldly affairs it once ruled, with every to hear his account of Brazil; it is an age since feeling unweakened by the icy handling of I saw him. Why did not you go, Hannah, who Death. Even the ancients, sensual materialists love dancing so much?”
as they were, with little hope beyond the grave, Hannah's blue eyes seemed now to be dancing | even they had their apparitions instead of their owner's feet; and the tone was “ Oh spare me your reminiscences of Lemmirthful in which slie replied, “ Carina, I had' prière !” interrupted Hannah. “I love to hear excellent reasons for staying away. With all you speak your own thoughts, liut quotations my zest for a good country-dance on a clear are my favourite aversion. Tell nie rather, my frosty night like this, I would rather take to an dear moping melancholy owl, sitting winking, in inclined plane for the rest of my days, and your turret, at the moon-teil ine if you really work tapestry in a frame above my head, as you believe in apparitions; or are these clieerful used to do, ihan go anywhere to meet Charles fancies only selected as appropriate in time and Macdonald.”
place for lo ! there chimes the midnight hour, Ella mused a little. “ What very different when yawring grares give up their dead ;' and reasons cause people to do similar things! How , I believe this end of the house is frequently endissiinilar we should find actions which now livened by a nocturnal visitor, who I suppose appear of kindred origin, could we see the inside cannot sleep in lier grassy berl, for the pressure of the various ininds !"
of certain peccadilloes on her disembodied con“I ain very glad,” lauglied Hannah," that science."