Return to Edington

24 Jan

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.

Exterior of the church, from the north-west, showing probably site of medieval chapter house and Calvary chapel

Exterior of the church, from the north-west, showing probably site of medieval chapter house and Calvary chapel

The exterior of what was probably the former doorway from the church's choir to William Wey's Jerusalem chapel

The exterior of what was probably the former doorway from the church’s choir to William Wey’s Jerusalem chapel

The likely site, accessed through the bricked-up door, of William Wey's Calvary chapel.

The likely site, accessed through the bricked-up door, of William Wey’s Calvary chapel.

The interior of the now bricked-up doorway to William Wey's Jerusalem chapel, with trinitarian device above.

The interior of the now bricked-up doorway to William Wey’s Jerusalem chapel, with trinitarian device above.

The choir of the church at Edington taken from the east, with a view of the doorway, to the right, into William Wey's Jerusalem chapel.

The choir of the church at Edington taken from the east, with a view of the doorway, to the right, into William Wey’s Jerusalem chapel.

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