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picture of Marie on thone syde, * & ye picture of John on thother, wth two splendent & glisteringe archangell one on thone syde of Mary, & ye other of ye other syde of Johne, so what for ye fairness of ye wall ye staitlynes of ye pictures & ye lyuelyhoode of ye paynting it was thowght to be one of ye goodliest monumif* in that church.
Also on ye backsyde of ye said Rood before ye queir dore there was a Loft,* & in ye south end of ye said loft ye clocke* dyd stand, & in vnder ye said loft by ye wall there was a long forme wch dyd reche fro ye one Roode dore to ye other, where mě dyd sytt* to rest theme selves on & say there praiers & here devyne svice.
Also eưy frydaie at nyghte after that ye evinsong was done in ye queir there was an anthem song in ye bodye of ye church before ye foresaid Jh'us alter called Jesus anthē* wch was song eily frydaie at nyght thorowghe out ye whole yere by ye m' of the quiresters & deacons of ye said church, and when it was done then ye quirestre did singe an other anthé by them selues sytting on there kneis all ye ty me that ther anthem was in singing before ye said Jesus alter wch was verie devoutly song euy fridaie at nyghte by ye toulling of one of ye Gallelei Belles.*
Thomas Castelli por of Durhm lyeth buryed vnder a faire mrble stone in ye body of ye church being pictured fro ye waiste vp in Brass in ye mydest of ye stone wth his vercis or epitath vpo yt before Jesus alter wher there was on ye north syde betwixt two pillers a looft for ye mr & quiresters to sing Jesus mess euy fridaie conteyni’ge a (30) paire of orgaines* to play on, & a fair desk to lie there bookes on in tyme of dyvin 'svice.
2. Johane Awckland* prio', lyethe buryed wthin the Abbey church of Durhm.
3. John Burrnbie* por of Durhm, lieth buryed vnder a fair m'ble stone pictured in brass from ye waiste vp beneth ye north dour in ye mydest of ye church not much distant fro ye mrble cross wth his verces* or epitath adioyninge therto,
There is betwixt ye piller of ye north syde wch ye holie Roll, Water stone did stand in, & ye piller that standeth oư c. 1600. against yt of ye south syde, fro thone of theme to ye other a Rowe of blewe m'ble,* & in ye mydest of ye said Row ther is a cross of blewe m'ble, in tokē yt all women that came to here devine svice should not be suffered to come aboue ye said cross, and if it chaunced yt any women to come aboue it wthin ye body of ye church, thene, straighte wayes she was taiken awaie and punshede for certaine daies because there was
holie mā Sacte Cuthb : was, for ye Redence thei had to his sacred bodie.
Also yf any womā chaūched to come wthin ye abei gaitl or wthin any psynckt of ye house, yf she had bene sene but her lenth wthin any place of ye saide house, she was taken & sett fast and punished to gyve example to all others for doyng ye Like.
(XVIII.) The causes wherfore* women may not cū to the fferretere of St Cuth: nor to enter within ye
Pcinct annexed in yo inonasterye. There are dyule bookes written of ye lyffe & miracles of that holy Confessor Cuthbert ptlie written by the Irishe, ptly by english men, and ptlie by scottishe men, being not able to comphend ye same in one worke.
For as venerable beede reporteth in the Prologge of his booke wch he wrote of ye liffe & miracles of St Cuth: that there weare many other thingl nothing inferior to those wch he wrote of ye liffe and vertews of that blessed mā, wch weare related vnto him, and weare commaunded to be had in ppetuall memory, wch woorkes thowghe they weare not pfectly & delyberatlie finished yt was thought vnfitt & inconvenient to insert or adde any newe matter, of wch books there is one Intituled,* of the cuinyng of St Cuth: into scotland, taiken (31) furth of the scottishe histories wherevpon emongh other things is sett downe the solitarie conversatio of the said holie St Cuthb: in this manr as followth,
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Blessed Si Cuthb: for a long ty me led a [most, Cos.] solitarie liffe in the borders of ye Pictl,* to wch place great concourse of people daly vsed to visitt him, and from whome, (by the pvidence & grace of god) neư any returned wthout great cumforth and consolatio : this caused both yong & old to resorte vnto him, taking great pleasure both to se him, & to heare him speake. In ye meane tyme yt chanced yt the dawghter of ye Kinge of that pvince was gott (with)' child by some yong mã in her fathers house whose belly swelling wth her birth, wch when ye king pceyved, dyligently examened her who was the author of yt fact, vpo dewe examynatio wherof she maid this
That solitarie young mā who dwelleth hereby is he who hath overcū me, and wth whose bewty I am thus disceived, wherevpo ye king furiouslye enradged presentlie repayred wth his deflowred dawghter accumpaned wth dyúť knyghtes vnto ye solitary place where he psentlie spake vnto ye svaunt of god in this mann. What are thowe he, who vnder ye cullour of Relligio pphanest ye Temple & Sanctuarie of god. art thowe he who vnder ye title & pfessio of a solytarie liffe exerciseste all filthines of ye world in Incest. behould here is my dawghter whom thowe with thy deceitl hast corrupted, not fearing to make her dishonest, therefore now at ye last openly confesse this thy falt, and plainly declaire heare before this cumpany in what sorte thow seduced her. the kinges dawghter markinge ye ferce speaches of her father, more impodētlye stepped furth and bouldly affirmed that it was he wch had done that wicked deade.
deade. At weh thing ye youg mā greatly amased pceiving that this forgery pceeded by the instigac'o of ye Devell wherwth he being browght into a great pplexetie, applying his whole hart vnto almightie god said as followeth. My Lord my god, who onely knowest, and art ye sercher of all secrette, make manifest also [all, H. 45] this worke of iniquetie, and by some example approve ye same, wch thowgh yt cannott be done by humane pollecye, make it manifest by some dyvine Oracle. When as ye younge man wth grevous [greate, Cos.] lamentations
1 Omitted in MS.
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& teares, incredible to be reported, hadde spoken thes worde, evin soddenlie in ye selfe same place wher she stod ye earth ther making a hissing noyse psentlie opened, and swallowed her vpe in ye psence of all ye beholders. This place is cauled Corwen* where she for her corruptio was conveyed and caried into hell. So (32) sone as ye king pceived this miraculous chaunce to happen in ye psence of all his cumpany, began to be greatlie tormented in his mynd, fearing least throwghe his threates, he should him selfe encur ye like punyshment: Wherevpo he wth all his cumpany humbly craving pdon of almightie god, wth further desire and petic'on to that good mā St Cuthb : that by his payers he would crave at gods hande to haue his dawghter again, to wch petic'o the said holie father graunted vpo condic'o that no woman after yt should haue Resorte vnto him, wherevpo it came* that ye king did not suffer any womā to enter into any church dedecated to y Stwch to this daie is dewly obsved in all ye churches of ye Pictf wch weare dedicated to ye hono” of that holie mā.
(XIX.) The northe alley of ye bodie of ye Churche.
In ye north allei fro ye north church dor to ye crose allei in ye mydl of ye church called ye lantren alley where ye lantren standeth in ye entrance of ye end of ye said north allie into ye said lanterne allie fro piller to piller yer was a trellesdoure* wch did opē & close wth two leves like vnto a falden dor, & aboue ye said dor, it was likewaies trellessed almoste to ye hight of ye valt above, & on ye highte of ye said trellesse was strikē full of Iro pikp* of a qzter of a yerd long to thentent y none should clyme od'it, & was eu more lockt & neu opened but of ye holie daies, or of such daies as there was any psessio. & likewis ye north Rude dor wch was of thother syde of ye piller at ye north end of Jesus alter was neu oppened but when there was any pssessions.
There was two faire Hallewater stones* belonging to ye abei church of Durisme all of verie faire blewe mble, the ' A new hand and somewhat different spelling, e.g., “dour” for “dor,"
Durisme,” begin here. In some cases words have been altered in different ink, thus "abei" to abey,"
" r6 Pieties
to “ Pitties," etc.
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fairest of them stoode wthin ye northe church dour où against ye said dour, being wrowghte in ye Corn of ye piller next adioyning to ye Lady of Pieties alter*, of the leaft hand as yea turn into ye gallelei, having a verie fair skreene* of wayscott où heade, fynely painted wth blewe, & litle gilted starres, being keapt veri clene, and alwaies pvyded wth fresh water (against eủy sonnday morning), by two of ye bell Ringers or servitors of ye church, wherin one of ye Mounckt did hallow* ye said water veri early in ye morninge befor devine service.
The other stood* wthin ye south church dour (right agt (33) itt near ye south doore, H. 45), not altogether so curyouse yet all of fyne blewe nible, beinge verie decentlie keapt in ye same man wth freshe water euy sonndaie morninge by ye said bell Ringers or servitoures of ye church, wherin (so in Cos. ; where in, L.) like sorte one of ye Mounke did hallow the said water veri early in ye morninge before Dyvine svice. The one of theme viz that at ye south dour servinge ye ppor & all ye covent wth ye whole house. The other at the northe dor, (being ioyned into ye piller) servinge all those that came that waie to here Divyne svice. I
Ther was Betwixt two pillers on ye leaft hand in the north allie as yow tourne into ye galleley from ye northe church dour or Lady of pieties alter,* being inclosed of either syde wth fyne waynscott, wth ye picture of o” Lady carying o? saviour on her knee as he was taiken from ye crosse verey lamentable to behoulde.
Then on ye right hand in ye said north allie as yow goe into ye galley vnder ye Belfraie called ye gallely steple was Sacte saviours alter* ye north end of ye sayd alter stone being wrought & inclosed into ye piller of ye waul from ye first foundac'o of ye church (for mess to be said at)2 as appered at ye defacinge therof, and Remayneth there to be knowne till this day by a corn” of the sayd (altar)2 stone not to be pulled furthe but by breaking of ye wall.
| The heading is repeated here, at a joining of the paper.