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[At ye East end of the South Alley adjoyning to the MS. L.,
1656. pillar next St Cuthberts Feretorie, next the Quire door on the south side there was a most fair Roode or picture of our. Saviour, called the black rood of Scotland with the picture of Mary & Iohn being brought out of holy rood house in Scotland by King David Bruce, and was wonne at the battle of Durham with the picture of our Lady on the one side of our Saviour and the picture of St Iohn on the other side, the which Rood and pictures were all three very richly wrought in silver, the which were all smoked black over, being large pictures of a Yard and five quarters long, and on every one of their heads, a Crowne of pure bett gold of goldsmiths work with a devise or wrest to take them of or on. And on the backside of the said rood and pictures, there was a peice of work that they were fastned unto being all adorned with fine Wainscot work and curious painting well befitting such costly pictures from the middle pillar (middle piller, C.; midst of the Pillar, Dav.) up to the height of the Vault, the which wainscott was all redd Varnished over very finely, and all sett full of starres of Lead, every starre finely guilted over with gold, and also the said roode and pictures had every of them an Iron stickt fast in the back part of the said Images that had a hole in the said Irons, that went through the Wainscott to put in a pinn of Iron to make them fast to the Wainscott. L., C.]
Thomas Hattfeild Bpp of Durham lyeth buried ouer against the Reuestrye doore in the south Allye of the quire betwixt 2 'pillars under the bpps seate* wch hee did (17) make before hee died his tombe beinge all of Alabaster, whereunto was adioyned a little altar* which hee prepared for a monke to say masse for his soule after his death the Altar beinge inuironed with an iron grate. [This monum remaynes still undefaced, H. 45. His scutcheon, Azure a chevoron or betwixt 3 lyons rampt argent, H. 45, 2da manu.]
Within this South alley of the quire 'was the uestrye* [Revestrie, L., Dav.] wher the Bpp or his sufraigne had a peculiar Altar* where they did use to say masse onely at such times as they were to consecrate priests, or to giue any holy orders,
MS. Cos., (XII.) The Crosse allye* of the lanthorne before the .
quire dore goinge north and south.
Edgarus rex Scotorum
Heraldus rex Angliæ
Eduardus secundus rex Angliæ
Kenute rex Angliæ
MS. Cos., c. 1620.
Melcomus rex Scotorum
[Some Mds (memorandums) owte of ye recordes of ye MS. H. 45,
c. 1655. Church of Durham wch my ould booke wolde not contayne.
Att ye entrance of ye Quier doore the pictures or statues of ye seưall Benefactors and founders of ye Church of Durham dedicated to St Cuthbert were placed whose names are thus
Edgarus rex Scotor
MS. H. 45, (19)
Elinora regina Anglie c. 1655.
Henr: prim9 rex Anglie
there 3 fine (goodly, H. 45] bells which bells was runge euer at midnight at 12 of the clock, for the monkes went euermore to theire mattens at that houre of the night, there was 4 men appointed to ringe the said bells at midnight, and at all such other times of the day as the monkes went to serue god, two of the sd men apperteininge to the uestrye wch allwayes kept the copes with the uestments and fiue paire of siluer sensors with all such goodly ornaments pteininge to the high Altar which 2 men did lye euerye night in â Chamber ouer the west end of the sd uestrye* and the other 2 men did lye euerye night within the sd church in a chamber in the north allye* ouer against the sextons Checker : theise 2 men did alwayes sweepe and keepe the church cleanly and did fill the holy water stones* euerye sunday in the morninge with cleane water before it came to be hallowed, * and did lock in the church dores euerye night.
Also there is standinge in the south pillar of the quire doore of the lanthorne in a corner of the sd pillar a foure squared stonn wch hath beene finely wrought in euerye square* a faire large Image, whereon did stand a foure squared stone aboue that wch had 12 cressetts wrought in that stone wch was filled with tallow* and euerye night one of them was lighted* when the day was gone, and did burne to giue light to the monkes at midnight when they came to mattens.
(XIV.) The north allye of the lantren.
John Washington* prior of Durhā lyeth buryed under â faire marble stone with his uerses [Epitaphe, H. 45] engrauen in brasse uppon it, before the porch ouer the entrance of the north allye as you goe to the song scoole adioyninge to Si Bendicts altar.
Robert Berington* de Walworth prior of Durham did MS. Cos., first obtaine the use of the mitre with the staffe, hee lyeth buryed under a faire marble stone beinge pictured from the waste upp in brasse on the north side of prior Washington in the north plage* ouer against St Benedicts altar, beinge the first of the 3 Altars in the north plage.
Next to St Benedicts altar on the north is St Gregoryes altar beinge the second altar. (20) (XV.) An auntient' memoriall collected forthe of ye Roll, best antiquaries concerni'g ye battell at durh’m
in John Fossour tyme. [A collec'on forth of the best Antiquities of Durham church of ye battell fought theire agt Daved Bruce kinge of Scott and his brother in ye tyme yt John Forcer was Lord Prior: wch was thus. H. 45).
In the night before ye battell of Durhm* stricken & begun (was petched, H. 45) the xvij (xviijth, H. 45) daie of october, Ano d'ni 1346. ther did appeare to Johne Fossour then por of ye abbey at Durhm, a visió, commanding him to taike ye holie corporax cloth, wch was wthin ye corporax* wherewth St Cuthb: did cover the chalice when he vsed to say masse, and to put ye same holie Relique like vnto a ban clothe [banner cloth, Cos.] vpā (a) speare point, & on ye morrowe after to goe & repaire to a place on ye west pte of ye citie of Durhm called ye Readhille* And there to remayne & abyde till ye end of ye said battell, to wch visio ye por obeyinge, & taiking ye same for a Revelac'o of gods grace & nicy by ye medyac'on of holie St Cuthb: did accordingly early in ye next morninge together wth ye Mounkl of ye said abbay, repaire to ye said place called ye Readhille there most devoutly humbling [themselues, Cos.] & pstrating them selves in praier* for ye victorie in ye said battell, a great multitude and nomber of scott Runing & pressinge by them both one waie and other, wth intentio to haue spoiled them, but yett they had no power or
* In the MS. this word is written exactly like “anotient," but elsewhere the undoubted u is like a carefully written n, hence the erroneous reading “monnckes,” frequently occurring in the edition of 1842. Sometimes it is written like “monukes.'