This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 Excerpt: ...representing' our Saviour taken from the Cross;" and there is little doubt that other parts of the building were ornamented in a similar manner. At the dissolution, St. Mary's church, as well as that of St. James, was included in the general system of plunder, and both of them were stripped of plate and other ornaments to the value, at that period, of £480. Numerous inscriptions and effigies in brass were, in the year 1644, torn off by the churchwardens, and scandalously sold for their private emolument. Thus many of the most ancient monuments in these churches have lost their chief interest. During a violent thunder-storm on the 1st of August, 1766, a fissure was made in the wall of this church, several large stones of which were driven into the interior, and so tremendous was the explosion that the destruction of the whole edifice was apprehended. On the north side of the communion-table in St. Mary's church was formerly an altar monument, simple and unadorned, to the memory of Mary Tudor, third daughter of Henry the Seventh, whose remains, originally interred in the conventual church, were at the dissolution removed hither. This monument was thought to be only a cenotaph; but, on opening it in the year 1731, a covering of lead, evidently enclosing ahuman body, was found with the following inscription on the breast: Mary Quene 1533. of ffrance. Edmund H. The slab that covered the tomb was doubtlessly the one which had been originally devoted to that purpose. It was marked with crosses, and consequently had served also as an altar at which masses were celebrated. Notwithstanding the discovery of these royal remains, the tomb continued without any external memorial of the deceased until the year 1758; when Dr. Symonds, of Bury, caused it to be rep...
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