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A Description of Travels in Sussex During the early 1900s

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adjourning from the choir to the nave to hear the sermon. I need not point out the injury the nave sustains in appearance from this cause and many points of perspective, highly picturesque, which would arise from the singular duplication of the aisles of this church are entirely lost through the existence of the sermon place."
On the south side of the nave is the entrance to the irregularly built cloisters; here are several monuments and a good view of the interesting details of the exterior of the cathedral. The Bishop's Palace is at the west end; it has an Early English chapel in which is an interesting fresco of the Virgin and Child. At the south-east angle of the cloister is the Chantry of St. Faith dating from the early fourteenth century.
The Bell Tower, which is an unique feature of the Cathedral, dates from the late fifteenth century; it was built to relieve the central tower of the main building from the weight of the eight bells, most of them ancient, with quaintly worded and spelt inscriptions. The Arundel screen has been placed within the tower, but special permission must be obtained to see this.
The old documents in the Cathedral muniment room are quaint reading, especially in these post-war days; here are a few items taken at random from an old book of accounts:
Payd Thomas the broderer for his labors in amendyng of
dyverse cooppes vestments and other ornaments of the church
VI s workynge thereabouts by the space of IIII wyks after
For hys comones so longe                                                                                        IIII s
Payd unto Wolsey the masson for amendynge of the tumbe in
our Lady Chapell that was broken uppe when the                                                XV d
Commissionars were here from the Councell to serch the same
(This was possibly the shrine of St. Richard.)
Payd to Mother Lee for apparellinge of XV mens albes                                   XIIII d
unto hyr for a dosen of childrens albes                                                                   IIII d
unto hyr for the makinge of a towell                                                                           I d
Payd unto Thomas Nowye for pollynge and shavinge of the
chorusters crounes for VI quarters ending at our Ladye in                                 VIII s
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