Romsey Abbey (interior)
The wording along the bottom of the window reads:
This window was erected by public subscription in memory of Viscount Palmerston
who during fifty years as minister of the crown
laboured for the good of the country and the benefit of mankind
TWO Pictures Below:
At the west end of Romsey Abbey, near the great window which was damaged
by a storm in 1961 and where the coloured glass had to be replaced by clear glass,
hangs the flags of Lord Mountbatten.
The right hand flag (north side) is the flag used as his personal flag
as Supreme Allied Commander of South-East Asia in Singapore 1945,
while on the left (south side) is the flag which was flown
in Delhi in 1947 when he was the last Viceroy of India.
The Glass Case
At the top right hand corner are shown two stone lamps, known as cressets,
one with two round cavities and the other with four.
They are twelfth or thirteenth century.
In the inner glass case is plaited hair which was found in a lead coffin.
In 1839 when workmen were digging a new grave they found a lead coffin
which contained only a head of hair resting on a wooden pillow.
It is believed to be late Saxon.
If you would like to know more about the glass case,
the book Romsey Abbey through the centuries by Judy walker
is available from the Abbey bookstall or from the Visitor centre in Church street.
Above the North Door is a diamond shaped panel containing a coat of arms of a deceased person.
It is a good example of a funeral hatchment.
They were usually hung on houses during the period of mourning, but are now only found in churches.
It gives the rank of a person and circumstances of death.
This example is for Captain Lord Montagu Bertie RN, who died in 1753.
If you want to know more about this hatchment it can be found in the book,
Romsey Abbey through the centuries by Judy Walker.
Extract from leaflet which can be purchased at the Abbey bookstall
Effigy of a child, near the North door of Romsey Abbey
The wording on the monument is:
To the memory of Alice, daughter of Mr Frances Taylor, surgeon of this town
Francis Taylor sculpsit
Is it well with the child? It is well
Her grieving Father kept her memory alive with this life-size model of his daughter lying asleep
with a rosebud in her hand. Broken at the stem.
It is said that when she fell ill her father brought her a rose from the
garden and she was still clutching it when she died.
She had only been ill four days. The effigy is a charming, if sentimental tribute.
A contemporary wrote: The monument is a pure piece of poetry…
Romsey has reason to be proud of Mr Taylor.
He has the hand of an artist and the tender susceptibility of a poet.
This window was the gift of William Henry Birch Corban
vicar of Romsey 1925-1951 Canon of Winchester
St Anne's Chapel which contains the small Saxon Rood
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