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impressions. The exquisite ramifications of the roof here, and the tracery of the windows, sufficiently indicate a later period of erection.

I have before observed to you, that several of the gallant adherents of the unfortunate Henry and Margaret, who fell in the battle of Tewksbury, were buried within its church. Amongst them was their high-spirited son Prince Edward, over whose dust, in the centre of the choir, is the following inscription on a brass plate, commemorative of his melancholy fate:

"Ni tota pereat Mcmoria EDWARDI PMNCIPIS WALLIÆ, post prœlium memorabile in vicinis arvis depugnatum crudeliter occisi; hanc tabulam honorariam deponi curavit pietas Tewkcsburiensis, Anno Domini mdccxcvi."

A rich example of florid Gothic was shewn to us on the north side of the chancel; a small chapel, founded by Isabella Le De Spencer Countess of Warwick, to the Virgin Mary; singular in its plan, and curious in its ornaments, formerly supported by six marble pillars, but at present sadly dilapidated. An inscription round the top of it mentions the date of the Countess's death, St. John's-day, A. D. 1439. On the same side, within the rails of the altar, a still more beautiful piece of masonry occurs; a large table monument of free-stone, surmounted by an extraordinarily fine piece of taber-