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nacle work, consisting of four tiers of arches, gradually diminishing to. one at the top, sculptured in the finest style of the filagree Gothic. Upon the monument rest the effigies of George Duke of Clarence, and Isabella his Duchess, in alabaster. Near this spot repose the remains of the great Norman Baron Robert Fitz-Hamond, the founder of the monastery; they are covered by a flat stone, formerly ornamented with brass effigies, of which sacrilege has long since despoiled it. On the south side of the chancel, near the altar, is a small chapel, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and erected by Cecily Duchess of Warwick, to the memory of her husband; on the roof of which is the effigy of Richard Neville Earl of Warwick, in armour, large as life, on his knees, with clasped hands, and his person turned towards the altar. In the passage at the back of the altar, made for the purpose of admitting the solemn processions which the Romish ritual enjoyed on particular days, are several very ancient monuments of abbots of Tewksbury; and a beautiful free-stone tabernacle of Lord O'Brien, decorated with the scutcheons of his arms. Upon the whole, indeed, taking into account the external architecture of this edifice and the rich examples of masonry within it, we agreed that it was the finest parochial church we had ever seen; and only la-