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The Norman Grandeur of S. Bartholomews Church

The Norman Grandeur of S. Bartholomews Church

Although S. Bartholomew's has been largely rebuilt within the last eighty years, the old Norman stones of Rahere's church have in many places been used to rebuild it. Hence the preservation of the appearance of the interior much as it was in the 12th century. The restoration of the very fine Norman apse, immured since the 15th century, was one of the architectural achievements of Sir Aston Webb. S. Bartholomew's has a triforium, and traces of architectural styles as late as Perpendicular are discoverable here; but the dominant impression is that of a purely Norman church. The pious, though not wholly unworldly Rahere, founder of church and hospital, lies buried here, beneath a coloured tomb in the sanctuary.

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