The Garden Guide

Book: London and Its Environs, 1927
Chapter: 35 Southwark

Choir and Lady Chapel - Interior of Southwark Cathedral

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CHOIR. The Altar-screen, erected by Bishop Fox in 1520, is a magnificent piece of work, though much mutilated and restored. The niches have recently been refilled with statues by Nicholls. In the north choir-aisle, to the left, is the tomb of John Trehearne (died 1618), gentleman-porter to James I. Farther on is a recess containing an oaken effigy of an unknown Crusader. Opposite is the handsome Jacobean monument (1616) of Alderman Humble, with some good verses on the side next the altar. At the entrance of the south choir-aisle, on the pier to the left, is a brass in memory of Susanna Barford, with a quaint inscription (1652). On shelves in this aisle are carved wooden bosses from the old roof constructed in 1469. Others have been placed in the new roof within the tower. On the left is the marble tomb of Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester (died 1626). The beautiful LADY CHAPEL, flanked with aisles, which is now used as the parish church, is one of the finest examples of Early English in the country. It is really the retro-choir, the original lady chapel, or Bishop's Chapel, which once projected to the east from the second bay from the right, having been pulled down in 1830. Here Gardiner and Bonner held the consistorial courts in the reign of Queen Mary, and condemned Hooper, Rogers, Bradford, Saunders, Ferrar, and Taylor to the stake. The martyrs are commemorated by stained-glass windows. The window in the north-east corner contains figures of Charles I., Becket, and Laud. John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, the playwrights, Edmund Shakespeare (died 1607), the younger brother of the poet, Lawrence Fletcher, co-lessee of the Globe Theatre, and Sacheverell are buried in St. Saviour's, but their graves are unidentified.