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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 144

Archaeological Society, operations were resumed, under Mr. Ussher's superintendence; the work undertaken being chiefly the clearance of the area of the church. Amongst the more important discoveries were the bases of the reredoses of the altar of our Lady and of the high altar itself. In the middle of the choir was also found the rough foundation of the base of a tomb; in all probability that of Thomas de Poynings, who, by will dated 6 Edw. III, directed his body to be buried in the Abbey of St. Radegund's, "q'est de ma fundacion droit en my le coer devant le haut alter;" and a tomb to be placed over his grave with the image of a knight thereon made of alabaster. John Criol of Lympne, by his will dated 1504, directs his body to be buried in this church next to the sepulchre of Bertram de Criol, in the high chancel.
   During both excavations numerous tiles and other ornamental details, such as mouldings, fragments of carved work, and portions of tombs, and marble shafts and capitals, were discovered; all of which are carefully 

preserved at the Abbey.
   The whole of the existing buildings date from the foundation of 1191, and are of the earliest type of pointed architecture. Much of the work is exceedingly simple in design, and in some parts plain to a degree. There is also a marked absence of ornamental details, although the beautiful fragments discovered shew that some portions of the buildings, at any rate, were adorned with carved work. The walls are of flintwork with ashlar quoins. The jambs, etc., of windows, doors, and arches, are also of ashlar.
   The ground-plan exhibits a long and narrow church, consisting of an eastern limb of six, with aisles of four, severies; north and south transepts, each of two severies, one severy opening into the choir aisle, the other into a square eastern chapel; and an aisleless nave of foure severies, having on its north side a square tower with singular east and west adjuncts. On the south of the nave is the cloister quadrangle, with the chapter house, parlour, and common house on its eastern side; on the south the

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