1885. Proposed Restoration of the Ancient Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great. West Smithfield, E.C. Founded by Rahere, 1103-1123.General Restoration Committee... Present Condition of the Church and Prospects of Restoration…Report for Proposed Restoration…Subscriptions…Plan of St. Bartholomew the Great Smithfield Shewing secular encroachments. [&] List of Contributions and Views Shewing Present Condition of the Ancient Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great. West Smithfield E.C. 1885.
April 27th, 1885.
Two letterpress 4to pamphlets, each of 2 pages double-sided; the latter containing ink photo images. 255 x 210mm. 10 x 8¼".
The Priory Church was founded in 1123 as part of a monastery of Augustinian Canons, and later dissolved in 1539 and the nave demolished. Under Queen Mary, there was a brief period during which Dominican friars resided over the church, until it reverted to being a Parish Church under Queen Elizabeth I. Various parts of the building were damaged or destroyed through the centuries until restoration began in the 19th century, first in the 1860s and then, under Sir Aston Webb. Sir Aston Webb (1849-1930) was an English architect; this restoration acting as his first major work. He is responsible for the Queen Victoria Memorial, the principal façade of Buckingham Palace, the Victoria and Albert Museum's main building; amongst many others nationwide.
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