Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Vestments from Abbey Dore

Whilst looking for pictures of maniples for the last post I came across this picture of a velvet kneeler, embroidered burse, stole and maniple, thought to have belonged to the Cistercian house at Abbey Dore in Herfordshire, and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Velvet kneeler, embroidered burse, stole and maniple

© V&A

I was unaware of their survival until today, and thought readers might also be interested to see this picture.

I have not so far in my travels visited Abbey Dore, but part of the monastic church still serves as the parish church, having been restored in the early seventeenth century by Viscount Scudamore.


Sir Watkin said...

Significantly the mensa of the old high altar was also restored to use at the time Scudamore (a friend of Laud) did his work.

Susan said...

I know this is way old, but do you happen to have accession numbers for those pieces ... cespecially the burse. I can't find it on the V&A site.