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1831.] Crosby Hall, London.- Malmesbury.
499 tion showing the Pointed arch, struck tre of the roof.". (Dallaway's Rape of from four centres, now known by Arundel, p. 163.) I am inclined to the name of the Tudor arch. The sof- give credit to the latter authority, and fit is made into panels with mould cannot help regretting the manifest ed styles, having bosses at the inter- want of taste which is shown in the sections, and again divided by ribs or alteration of the design. bands, running both longitudinally Mr. Allen goes on to say, that "in and crossways into compartments or the spring of 1816, the council-chamdivisions; each division comprising ber was plundered of its beautiful mafour panels. At the intersections of sonry by the proprietor, Strickland these ribs are pendants of beautiful Freeman, esq. who removed it to his construction, every pendant forming seat at Henley-upon-Thames, and the nucleus of four pointed arches, there erected with the misused matewith pierced spandrils. These flying rials a dairy!” and this brings me back arches are merely decorative, but to what I set out with in the comthey gave the whole design somewhat mencement of my letter, viz. the prothe appearance of an open worked tim- bable destruction of the Hall. If the ber roof, and at the same time varied proprietor at the present time is the the tasteless monotony which the ceil- same as the despoiler of the counciling would have possessed, if unaccom- chamber, I fear there is little chance panied by this or any sort of ornament; of its preservation ; for, of all the and I am inclined to think, from the enemies of real antiquity, those are the excellent construction of such a ceil- greatest who are the patrons of moing as the present for the conveyance dern antiques. I trust, however, that of sound, that the architect contem- this is not the fact ; and I hope further plated the effect it would have, when that some of your numerous Correon splendid banquets the minstrels' spondents will suggest some plan which gallery poured forth its full tide of may save and preserve it. To destroy melody. It would form an excellent such a building would be an act of model for a church ceiling, if the ar- true Gothic barbarity; its preservation chitects of the new churches would would be an honour to the age. We condescend to take lessons from anti- have a chartered Society of Antiquaquity.
ries, a numerous and wealthy body ; In Mr. Allen's Survey of London, can it do nothing for the preservation vol. iii. p. 155, you will find a short of an historical monument of such notice of the present state of the Hall value as the present ? Let us hope, and its appendages. It is there said, Mr. Urban, that the feeling which has that “the late Duke of Norfolk occa- been excited in many instances in fasionally visited Crosby Hall, and was vour of some of the most interesting so much pleased with the roof, that of our national antiquities, will not he employed an artist to make several lie dormant, when the existence of a drawings of the whole, and built his relic of old times, so endeared by hiscelebrated banqueting - room at Arun- torical associations as well as intrindel Castle precisely on the model, of sic merit, is in peril of termination. mahogany.” This is, however, at va- Yours, &c.
E.I.C. riance with the description in Mr. Dallaway's History of Arundel. It is
Mr. URBAN, Malmesbury, Oct. 5. there said, that “ the Duke had accurate sections made of the celebrated ated on a hill, surrounded, with the
THE town of Malmesbury is situroofs in the halls of Westminster, El- exception of a narrow neck of land, tham, and Crosby Place, London, for by two streams which form a junction the purpose of composing from them a
at a short distance on the south side plan for this of Arundel, and (with of the town. It is said to have been certain deviations) that which was adopted resembles the last mentioned. cessible, guarded by a steepe descent
strongly fortified, and “almost inac-. It is entirely of timber frame, of Spa- and double channell round about." * nish chesnut. The corners at each During the contest between King Stetermination are canted off, and thus phen and the Empress Maud, it was describe a semi-octagon, a form cer
the seat of war; and in the civil wars tainly not usual in any ancient example. The dimensions are 70 feet * Corbett's Military Goveromeat of by 34, and 36 feet 6 inches to the cen- Gloucester, p. 91.
500 Ancient Triangular Bricks.-Buttevant Abbey.
(Dec. between Charles and his Parliament, of the triangle are about 6 inches, was frequently taken and retaken by the base 54 inches, and the thickthe opposing parties.* On the east ness 34 inches.
The brick is very side of the town there are still consi- imperfectly burned, and would no derable remains of the ancient walls ; doubt, if exposed to the action of and in memoria hominum (to use an the atmosphere, soon become decomexpression of Leland's), the north- posed. That these bricks are of great ern gate of the town was still stand- antiquity, cannot be doubted. The one ing on the road leading to Cirences- of which I send you a drawing, was ter and Oxford; it was, however, de- discovered at many feet from the surstroyed in the year 1778, by those face, and under a bed of clay, appaenemies of all good taste, certain com- rently as hard as in a state of nature. missioners of turnpike roads, whose The place where it was found bears example has been recently followed by the traditionary name of " the King's the tenants of the Rev. George Rushout Wall."
B. C.T. Bowles, the lord of the manor, in the further destruction of parts of the
Churchtown, walls. On all sides of the hill on Mr. URBAN,
co. Cork, Nov, 25. which the town stands, is daily discovered a stratum of red earth inter
HAVING been delayed at Buttemixed with stones, bearing marks of
vant on my way here, I availed mythe action of fire. In many places self of the opportunity of visiting its this stratum of red earth is buried ancient Abbey. Smith_informs us, under other strata, and in it from that it was an Abbey of Friars Minors time to time have been discovered founded by David de Barry, Lord fragments of badly burned bricks. In Justice of Ireland, in the reign of Edà recent excavation of the site of the ward I. who was buried there in a ancient wall, were discovered consi. tomb in the choir opposite the high derable quantities of these bricks ;
altar. This tomb was in existence, they were in general very much de
when Smith wrote his History of the cayed; but of one more perfect than County of Cork, 1749; but the fall of the others I send you a drawing. the tower in the centre has buried it,
and almost every thing else in the nave, under the ruins.
The most ancient of the inscriptions remaining, all of which are in raised letters, is low down in the wall of the nave on the left as you enter from the street. It is quite perfect, but my time only allowed me to decypher of its two lines, Hic jac't Ioh'es O'Dulong....arpent... ................progenit.....
Near the east end is an altar tomb standing against the wall, with this inscription, running in two lines, on three sides of it: “ Redmond's Barry cū matre et conjuge
struxit Hunc tumulum Patri quem Dea Parca
tulit.Redmundus Johannis Barry de Lisgriffin
et Kathelin Barry uxor ej', me fieri feceru't The bricks were triangular, and per
1612." ” forated, perhaps for the purpose of In the Virgin's Chapel, a south fastening, by means of pieces of wood, transept, are a variety of memorials of one brick to the other, in order to past times and persons. In a niche is avoid the use of a cement; the sides
part of the rude representation of the
Crucifixion. The arms of one of the Corbett, supra, and May's History of knights of Kerry (Fitzgerald the Black il.e Long Parliament, lib. 3, cap. 4, p. 72. Knight), on a shield Ermine a cross
1831.) Liscarrol and Loghort Castles.-Rock of Egmont. 501 saltire ; crest, a knight on horseback From the battlements an extensive with an upraised sword. Below the prospect is commanded. This castle shield a bird chained.
was garrisoned by Sir Philip Perceval On a small mural monument: in the rebellion of 1641, but was taken
“ Hic jacet Evgenis O'Duling, et Kathe- through treachery by the Irish, and lina Dod hoc fecit 1615."
retaken also by Sir Hardress Waller On an altar tomb :
in May 1650.
Near Churchtown, on an eminence “ Hic jacet Johannes Garet, Bary de
called the Rock of Egmont (and part Kilinibel, et uxor ej's, et phil' (filius) Jo
of the estate of Perceval Lord Arden, hanis Bary et Elis Lombard hoc fecerunt a'o 1603.
the younger branch of the Egmont On a similar tomb:
family), stands a curious stone-roofed
building called the Old Barn. En“ Nicholas Jaco, Lombard', et Eliza quiring of a neighbouring farmer, on Barry ej's uxor, me fieri fecerunt io Marcij my return, as to its name and when it 1619."
was built, he said it was very old, and Near the Abbey is a lofty square had been a barn and cider-press.
I tower, which, after centuries of use- asked him, did he remember its being lessness, is now incorporating into a so used ? No. Did he know any body Roman Catholic Chapel, that promises who did ? No; but he had heard an to be a very durable building. Pos- old woman say, that she had heard sibly it may form the belfry.
the children of one Mick Barry, who In the street is a castle, modernised did live at Churchtown, state, that they into a dwelling, called Lombard's Cas- had heard their father say he rememtle.
bered it being a barn and cider-press; About four miles from Churchtown, and this traditionary information is all are the remains of Liscarrol Castle, I could learn. The form of the buildthe most extensive fortress of its day ing is that of an -L, the entrance bethat I have seen. It is a parallelogram ing at -. It stands nearly east and west. or oblong square, 120 feet long by 240 The entrance is north, under a broad wide, and 30 feet high, said to have fat archway, to which there is a corbeen built in the reign of King John, responding archway on the south. which I do not believe. At each cor- From the holes in the wall, it would ner is a circular tower, between two appear that it was intended to have of which is a square one ; and oppo- been lofted, as the term is here ; but I site to this, the main fortress, and should not suppose there ever had been only entrance. The state apartments a floor put up. There is a doorway here were handsomely finished with out to the west. A wall up to the incut stone, particularly the Lady's tended joists separates it from the Bower, which has a kind of cornice angle to the south, into which there running round it; there are short is a doorway ; and from this apartthick columns supporting the fire- ment there is another doorway northplace, which projects from the wall ; east, that leads out, and a window adjoining is a small bed-room. Lis- south. This is said to have been the carrol Castle is said to have once be- cider-press. Returning to the main longed to the Barrys, and then passed entrance, there is another door to the to the Perceval family, from whom it east, but the wall here is perfect up to was taken by the Irish rebels in 1642; the roof; and at each end, west and and in their turn they were driven out east (as on the south), on the level of of it by Sir Hardress Waller, in 1650. the seemingly intended second story,
Six miles from Liscarrol is Loghort there are square windows; and in the Castle, the residence of Lord Arden, north side of the stone roof, three when he visits his Irish estates. It is sharp-arched windows. Passing out a square keep about 90 feet in height. by the east is another apartment, the The ground-floor is now the kitchen. walls of which are nearly down. NarThe first floor was the armoury, and row doors are to be traced on the contained arms for 100 soldiers, which north and east, and also windows adwere removed and lost in the year joining. Under this part of the build1798. This is now the dining par. ing are two vaults, entered on the lour. Above this is the drawing. south side; one has a doorway with room.
We then rise to the state bed- windows on each side, the other only room : besides which there are six others. a doorway. These vaults, which are
[Dec. said to have been the cider cellars, are and with no other support than its arched with brick, and most of the cement of mortar; it forms nearly a doorway arches, are also on brick. sharp arch, and is in perfect preserThe entire roof is stone, the same vation. It has never been plastered common material as the walls, uncut, inside or out.
Oct. 26. of the family, entered at the visitation SOME of the queries of Mr. Ste- of London, 1634, and to be found at phen Isaacson (p. 194) may probably the British Museum, (Harl. 1476, p. be answered by the following pedigree 73,) with a few additions : Isabel, 1st wife, dau. of William William Isaacson, of Ellen, 2d wife, dau. of Thos.
Scales, of Kilwick, co. York. | Sheffield, co. York. Whaplade, of Banbury, co. Oxon.
Henry Isaac- Elizabeth, William Isaac-=Abigail, Richard. Prudence, Catherine, m. son, of Lon- | d. and h. son, 2d son, dau. of
1. George of John D.D. Rector William
Walker, Robson, of Fau of St. Andrew's | Perkins,
Clerk. London, gt. ; Trea- (quere ?) Wardrobe, of Cam
2. Percival surer of of Lon- and of Wood- bridge.
Hill, Rector Bridewell don. ford in Essex.
of St. Catheand Bedlam,
man-street. Richard. William. Susan.
don, gent. eldest son, 1633,
Richard, Heory, aged
Jeremy. Susan Marcha. Elizabeth, m. George aged about 22,
Randolf. Francis. Anne. Margaret. Foy, of Whitby, co. about 23, 1633. William. Anthony. Mary. Lucy. York. 1633.
Rebecca, The arms are Or, on a pile between collector, and had not begun to cast two escallops Azure a lion rampant. about for rare books or original in
It is not probable that Thoresby had formation respecting the persons whose any other works of Isaacson (the lives he found a pleasure in epitomizHenry Isaacson of the preceding pe. ing. Some of his biographical collecdigree), beside those mentioned by tions are among Birch's manuscripts your Correspondent. Thoresby was, at the British Museum. at the time alluded to, a very young
The Editor OF HIS DIARY,
Mr. URBAN, Grimsby, Nov. 14. 1. On the obverse a crowned head, I HAVE in my possession several circumscribed, IMP. CL. ÆLIANUS, P.F. Coins which have been found at diffe- AUG.; and on the reverse, the goddess rent periods in Grimsby, during the of Victory, with the legend, vicTORIA last few years, a description of which AUG. may not be foreign to the design of 2. Obverse, a crowned head, and your venerable Journal. They are of
Reverse, the godsilver and copper, the latter princi- dess of Victory, with vict. 0. pally foreign, and were probably in- 3. Obverse, a head, and MA... ENtroduced into this town by the Fle- TIUS P..... Reverse, a mounted war. mish and Lombardic merchants. They rior, striking an unarmed footman are evidently of different ages and va- with his spear; a circular shield and lue, as the letters of the circumscrip- broken spear under the horse's belly. tion vary in their form and state of GLORIA ROMANORUM. Exergue, R.S.L.C. perfection on the several pieces, and A copper medal, with a bold imthey differ materially in weight and pression ; on one side is Venus Asmagnitude.
tarte, and Cupid ; the former with a The most ancient are three Roman star and the word VENUS over her copper coins.
head, and a harp in her left hand; and
503 the latter with a bow in one hand, and something in his right paw resema dart in the other. On the reverse bling a hour-glass. The legend, which is a large square subdivided into forty- is in the Lombardic character, is denine smaller ones, charged with hie- faced. roglyphics.
4. Obverse, Semée of fleur-de-lis; Five Silver Coins.
over all a cross. Reverse, semée of
fleur-de-lis. The inscriptions are ille1. A Saxon piece, which may be gible. deemed somewhat valuable, as it was 5. Obverse, a crown. Reverse, a manufactured at York, and escaped cross of triple lines, fleury at points. the attention of the indefatigable No legend. Drake, who collected a series of near 6. Obverse, a shield with three fleurfifty ancient coins, which had been de-lis, AVE MARIA REGINA CELORV'. issued from the mints in that city; Reverse, same as 5. and amongst the rest, no less than 7. Obverse, a cross pommée florée, three varieties struck off by different with four fleur-de-lis in the quarters. monetarii in the same reign with that Reverse, device defaced. Legend, AVE under our consideration. It bears a
MARIA GRACIA PLENA. rude head facing towards the dexter
Three copper tokens issued in the side, and a sceptre terminating in reign of Charles II. three balls, with this legend, EDELRED 1. BRIAN COVERDAILE IN BARROW The reverse is divided
UPPON HUMBER, HIS HALFPENNY. into quarters by plain double lines,
2. WILLIAM TOD, GRIMSBY, 1668. and is circumscribed with the name 3. THOMAS CUTLER JUNIOR IN SAof the mint-master, &c. thus, FROSDY
RUM, HIS HALFPENNY, 1666. ...MOEOF, which may be read The
copper coins which were issued FROSDY...... (the termination is de
from the mints at Nuremburg and faced) monetarius de soferwic (York.) some other places, were dug up at It is evidently a coin of the unhappy Grimsby in such numbers, that before Ethelred, the son of Edgar and El. the present substantial copper coinage frida, who by his weakness of intel
was substituted for the thin halfpence lect, united with a constitutional apa- and farthings formerly in circulation, thy and cowardice, subjected his coun- they passed current according to their try to a repetition of those barbarous
size and value. They are still occasioninroads by which the Danes recovered ally found in many parts of the town, all the advantages of which they had where new soil is turned up, which been deprived by the successful exer- indicates that they must have been tions of his gallant forefathers. in general use at some period of our
2. Obverse, head regally crowned, history prior to the reign of James 11. and hand bearing a sceptre. HEN- They have been taken up from the
Reverse, a lozenge fleury, and foundations of buildings as old as the two sceptres in fret......PIN : ON: LVN. civil wars of Charles I. Those in my
3, 4, 5. The same, except that the possession were many of them found name of the moneyer varies. These in the churchyard, when opening were probably silver pennies of Hen. I. ground which had not been disturbed
The remaining coins are copper, for centuries, principally Flemish and Lombardic; In searching into the remote transand as they are abundant in quantity, actions of the town of Grimsby, we I shall only subjoin a few of the most find that it was a port where the striking varieties.
Hanseatic merchants, and those of 1. Obverse, a globe and cross with
Flanders and Lombardy, transacted in an irregular figure, partly circular considerable business. In the year and partly angular, with this circum- 1336, the Mayor and Bailiffs of scription, HANS KRAVWINCKEL Grimsby received a Royal mandate
Reverse, three crowns, and from King Edward III. the purport of as many fleur de lis in a circle, placed which was to encourage these meralternately, das WORT GOTEB BLEIB- chants to land their cargoes in the
port; and John Crabbe of that place 2. Same designs. Obverse, Hans was appointed a commissioner for the SCHLTES NURENBERG, Reverse, purpose of making the necessary acCLUCKKVMBTVON OTALEIN.
commodations. A piece of land was 3. Obverse, same design. Reverse, set out in the wastes for their especial a lion passant gardant crowned ; with use as a mart, where they might con