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MS. Cos., Also ther was lowe downe in the quere another Lettorn
of brasse (not so curiously wroughte) standinge in the midst* against the stalls, a marueilous faire one, with an eagle on the height of it, and hir winges spread â broad wheron the monkes did lay theire bookes when they sung theire legends, at mattens or at other times of seruice.
(where the Moncks did singe ther Legends at Mattins & other tymes. Wch same stood theire* vntill ye yeare 1650 when ye Scotts were sent prisoners from Dunbarr feight* and putt prisoners into ye Church where they burned vpp all ye wood worke* in regard they hadd noe Coales allowed them : And ther was a fellowe one Brewen appointed to looke to ye Scotts by Sr Arthure Haslerigg* barronett, then Gounor of Newcastle & ye fower Northeran Counties wch conveyed the sd brasse letterne & Eagle away & many other thinges apptayninge to ye Church & sould them for his owne gaine, a man of a badd conscience & a Cruell fellowe to ye poore prisoners.* H. 45, c. 1655).
Before the high altar within the quire aboue mentioned were 3 marueilous faire siluer basins* [att ye stepps as one goes vpp, H. 45] hung in chaines of siluer, one of them did hange in the south side of the quire aboue the stepps that go upp to the high altar, the second on the north side opposite to the first the third in the midst betweene them both and iust before the high altar, theise 3 siluer basons had lattin basons within them hauinge pricks for serges or gilt wax candles to stand on, the lattin basons beinge to receiue the drops of the 3 candles, wch did burne continually both day and night, in token that the house was alwayes watchinge to god.
Ther was also another siluer bason which did hang in siluer chaines before the sacrament of the foresd high altar but nerer to the high altar then the other 3. as almost dependinge or hanging ouer the priests back, which was only lighted in time of masse and therafter extinguished.
(VIII. THE QUIRE-LUDOVICK DE BELLOMONTE.) Ludovick de Bellomonte* Bpp of Durhā lyeth buried before the high altar in the quire beneath the stepps that goe upp to the sd high altar, under a most curious and
sumptvus marble stonn* wch he Ppared for himselfe before Ms. Cos.,
c. 1620. hee dyed beinge adorned with most excellent workman-(13) shipp of brasse wherein hee was most excellently and liuely pictured as hee was accustomed to singe or say masse with his mitre on his head, and his crosiers stafse in his hand with two angells finely pictured, one of the one side of his head and the other on the other side with censors in theire hands sensinge him conteining most exquisite pictures, and Images of the 12 apostles deuided and bordered of either side of him and next them is bordered on either side of the 12 apostles in a nother border the pictures of his ancestors in theire coat armour beinge of the bloud royall of france, and his owne armes of france beinge a white lyon placed uppon the breast of his uestment, beneath his uerses of his breast* with flower deluces about the lyon, 2 lyons pictured one under the one foote of him and another under the other of him supportinge and holdinge upp his crosiers staffe his feete adioyninge and standinge uppon the said lyons and other two lyons beneath them in the nethermost border of all, beinge most artificially wrought and sett forth all in brasse marueilously beautifyinge the sd through of marble* wherin was engrauen in brasse such diuine and celestiall sayinge of the scripture wch hee had peculiarly selected for his spirituall consolation at such time as it should please god to call him out of his mortalitie, wherof some of them* are legeable to this day, as theise that follow,
Nobilis ex fonte
Præsull in hac sede Cæli letetur in ede
Cælo quā dignus iustus pius atq' benignus
die me resuscitabit ad uitam eternam, et in carne
MS. Cos., c. 1620.
Reposita est hæc spes mea in sinu meo Domine
(IX. THE QUIRE–THE ORGANS). There was 3 paire of organs belonginge to the said quire for maintenance of gods seruice, and the better selebratinge therof one of the fairest paire of the 3 did stand ouer the quire dore only opened and playd uppon at principall feastes, the pipes beinge all of most fine wood, and workmanshipp uerye faire partly gilted uppon the inside and the outside of the leaues* and couers up to the topp with branches and flowers finely gilted with the name of Jesus (J H S., H. 44] gilted with gold there was but 2 paire more of them in all England of the same makinge, one paire in Yorke and another in Paules,
[but ther was a paire att ye cominge in òf ye Scottes 1640* farr exceeded all wch they destroyed, H. 45).
also there was a letterne of wood* like unto a pulpit standinge and adioyninge to the wood organs ouer the quire dore, where they had wont to singe the 9 lessons* in the old time on principall dayes standinge with theire faces towards the 9 altars (altered to high altar).
The second paire stood on the north side of the quire beinge neuer playd uppon but when the 4 doctors of the church was read,* viz. Augustine Ambrose Gregorye and Jerome beinge a faire paire of large organs called the cryers.
The third paire* was dayly used at ordinary seruice. (X. THE QUIRE-Book of BENEFACTORS, Relics, &c.)
There did lye on the high altar an excellent fine (faire rich, H. 45) booke* uerye richly couered with gold and siluer conteininge the names of all the benefactors towards St Cuthberts church from the first originall foundation
MSS. H. 44, L., have “high altar”; C, has “the Alter."
thereof, the uerye letters for the most part beinge all gilded MS. Cos., as is apparent in the said (15) booke till this day the layinge that booke on the high altar did show how highly they esteemed their founders and benefactors, and the dayly and quotidian remembrance they had of them in the time of masse and diuine seruice did argue not onely their gratitude, but also a most diuine and charitable affection to the soules of theire benefactors as well dead as liuinge, which booke* is as yett extant declaringe the sd use in the inscription thereof. There is also another famous booke* : as yett extant conteininge the reliques Jewe(1)s ornaments and uestments that were giuen to the church by all those founders for the further adorninge of gods seruice whose names were of record in the said booke that dyd lye uppon the high altar, as also they are recorded in this booke of the aforesaid reliques and Jewells to the euerlastinge praise and memorye of the giuers and benefactors therof.
(XI.) The north allye of the quire. At the east end of the north alley of the quire betwixt two pillars opposite was the goodlyest faire porch weh was called the Amanchoridge* hauinge in it a marueillous faire roode with the most exquisite pictures of Marye and John with an altar for a monke to say dayly masse beinge an! antient time inhabited with an Anchorite, wherunto the Pretors2 were wont much to frequent both for the excellency of the place as also to heare the masse standinge so conueniently unto the high altar, and withall so neere a neighbour to the sacred shrine of St Cuthbert, wherunto the Prior(s) were most deuoutly adicted the entrance to this porch or Anchoridge was upp a paire of faire staires* adioyninge to the north dore of St. Cuthberts feretorie, under the wch staires the pascall did lye,* and in the time of lent the children of the aumerie* were enioyned to come thither daylye to dresse trim* and make it bright against ye pascall feast.
Read “in.” 2 H. 44 also has this mistake ; read “Priors," as below, in L. and C., and in the editions.
MS. Cos., In this north allye of the Quire betwixt 2 pillars on the
south side before St Blese altar (afterwards called Skirlawes
meus uiuit et in die nouissimo de terra surrecturus sum et in carne mea uidebo deum saluatorem meum.
(the place of his sepulcher was in Ancyent tyme invyroned wth Irons* artificially wrought but of late tyme his body was taken vpp and interred before ye high alter on the same stone layde over hym and a stallı or pewe placed theire for gentlewomen* to sitt in, H. 45. His body was not removed* onely the stone,* H. 45, marg. note in a later hand].
Right ouer the entrance of this north Allye goinge to the song scoole* which scoole was heretofore the segresters exchequer,* ther was a porch adioyninge to the quire* on the south and St Bendicts altar* on the north the porch hauinge in it an altar and the roode or picture of our sauiour, wch altar and roode was much frequented in deuotion of Dtr Swallwell* sometime monke of Durham the said Rood hauinge marueilous sumptuous furniture for festiuall dayes belonginge to it.
(XII.) The south allye of the quire. At the east end of the south allye of the quire opposite to the foresd porch in the north allye was a most faire roode or picture* 'of our saụiour in siluer called the black Roode of Scotland* brought out of holy Rood house, * by Kinge Dauid Bruce and was wonn at the battaile of Durham* with the picture of our ladye on the one side, and St Johns on the other side uerye richly [wrought]2 in siluer all 3 hauinge crownes of gold with a deuice or wrest* to take them of or on beinge adorned with fine wainscote. I Underlined.
2 Added secunda manu,