My blog has been quiet for the last few months, as I’ve been ensconced in North Carolina, at the National Humanities Center. I did take the opportunity on a recent visit back to England, on a cold and rainy January day, to visit Edington (Wiltshire) again and see the site of William Wey’s Jerusalem chapel.
Wey was a well-educated religious, born in Devon and educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He spent much of his life working at the then recently-founded Eton College and retired to Edington, a small village with an Augustinian priory on the edge of Salisbury Plain. Wey undertook several pilgrimages: two to Jerusalem (1458, 1462) and one to Santiago (1456) and left a voluminous account of his travels, in English and Latin, together with a map and a will. In his will he left his designs for a Jerusalem chapel to be built, in perpetuity, at Edington. Unfortunately, nothing remains of the actual chapel, or installation. See my blog post of March 12, 2012 for further details.
There may, however, be some clues to Wey’s chapel in the surviving structures and decorations at Edington. Here are a few more pictures of the church at Edington, showing the details of the site of chapel.