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Chapel reveals old stonework

Friday, 14th September 2007

Chapel reveals old stonework

The conservators have discovered a discarded fragment of stonework in the Chapel of St John the Baptist.

Vanessa Simeoni explained:

It's a section of cornice with carved shield motifs from part of the Henry III church, made from Reigate stone. We have decided to leave it in the chapel near the place where it was found which was behind an early 18th-century monument to Mrs. Mary Kendall.
It's actually a piece of the cornice from behind this monument that was probably knocked off to accommodate the bulk of the monument. Later masons were not terribly concerned about damaging the medieval Abbey in order to make room for new monuments.
Joe Goodbody from the Clerk of the Works team very kindly helped us retrieve it.

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