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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 147

were returned; the other, some distance farther west against which was erected the rood altar between two doorways. These two screens were ordinarily distinct; the eastern one, the pulpitum, being provided with a loft, from which the gospel was sung, and on which the organs stood; the western one merely serving as the reredos to the nave altar. There are instances, however, where the whole space between the two screens appears to have been floored over, and from the existence of the upper door in the tower wall this seems to have been the plan adopted here. The cloister door, owing to the absence of aisles, must have opened into the space between the two screens.*
   We now come to the eastern arm, and its ritual arrangements. The stalls probably occupied the space under the crossing; which would allow room for at least ten on each side, making, with three on either side of the screen door, a total of twenty-six. At the east end of the stalls, beneath the arch, the gradus choir would be placed. Eastward of this, at a distance of thirty feet, our excavations disclosed the base of the reredos of the high altar. This 

base, which is constructed of well-built ashalr, is 1ft. 3in. broad, and extends to within 1ft. 6in. of the side walls. Originally, I think, it reached from wall to wall. Three feet distant from its western face is the base of the high altar itself, measuring 8ft. by 2ft. 6in. Doubtless the reredos was pierced with side doors, as at St. Albans and Winchester, opening into the Lady Chapel behind. The Lady Chapel was 47ft long, and extends from the high-altar reredos to the east end. It still retains the broad base of its altar reredos, the west face of which is distant 17ft. from the wall.
   The side walls of the presbytery appear to have been solid as at Rochester and St. Albans, with the ostia presbyterii in the most western severy. The Lady Chapel must also have had two side doors, opening into the aisles, to provide the usual processional path.
Outside the church, opposite each of the three buttresses
   * To assist those who are not conversant with the arrangements of monastic churches, I have drawn a plan of the church of this Abbey, shewing the probable disposition of its principal fittings, etc., at the time of the Suppression.

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