ADDENDA ET CORRIGENDA.
Since the publication of the previous volumes on the County of London, the
following additions and corrections have come to the notice of the Commission:
Westminster Abbey.—The paintings in the Chapter House are now in
process of being cleaned and a number of subjects which were only dimly visible
when reported on by the Commission are now clear and precise. Of the central
figures of the Doom on the E. wall (Plate 189), the seraph on the S. has the following
names of virtues inscribed on his lower feathers—Orationis dev[otio], Elemo[sinarum
largicio], C[arnis maceracio]; Simplicitas, Hum[ilitas], F[irmitas]; other inscriptions are much defaced. The group of heads in the S.E. bay (Plate 190), though not
by the same hand as this central composition, appears to have formed part of the
Doom which occupied the three easterly bays of the Chapter House.
To the S. of this group the series of scenes from the Apocalypse begins again
with Chap. XIII (Plate 191)—the beast with seven heads making war on the saints
(v. 7); the false prophet making men adore the beast (v. 12) and the mark of the
beast on the forehead and the hands (two scenes) (v. 16). In the next arch are the
remains of two more subjects. In the fifth arch of the S. bay are scenes from
Chapters XVI and XVII (Plate 191)—the seventh angel pouring out his vial and the
fall of the cities (XVI, 17–19); the angel talking to St. John (XVII, 1); the woman
on the scarlet beast (XVII, 3); St. John and the angel, rest obliterated. Traces
of the series of animals remain in these bays, including the name "Lyon" (S.E. bay,
fourth arch) and the figure and name "Greyhund" (S.W. bay, first arch). The two
first arches of the S.W. bay (Plate 192) have also been cleaned. They are described
in Vol. I, pp. 80–81.
Holborn: (5) Lincoln's Inn.—The Old Hall built about 1493–4 had by
1924 become so dilapidated that immediate steps had to be taken to preserve
the structure. The stripping of the stucco and the removal of the late 18th-century
plaster vault revealed the fact that the additional weight of the vault had not only
forced the walls outwards and dislocated the timber roof, but had fissured the walls
themselves longitudinally. In these circumstances it was found necessary to re-build
the walls, resetting the old brick facing and diapering wherever it had survived.
The original buttresses had been pared back to the wall-face and larger buttresses
had been substituted; these later buttresses have been removed and the form of
the original buttresses restored. The stonework of the windows had been heavily
re-inforced in cement and cusping added in the heads of the lights; these additions
have also been removed and the stonework restored. The original timber roof with
its curved and moulded trusses and octagonal louvre was found to have survived
more or less completely and after re-construction has been re-instated. A certain
amount of original linen-fold panelling was found in the roof and has now been fixed
in the hall.
Holborn: (6) Gray's Inn.—The block of offices No. 7, on the E. side of
South Square, was pulled down and replaced by a new Library in 1925.
Lambeth: (1) St. Mary Lambeth.—Insert under Monuments—in S. porch—
to William Suthes, 1625, master-mason of Windsor Castle, plain slate tablet.
Westminster: (27) Malmesbury House Undercroft.—This undercroft
should be described, more correctly, as under Cadogan House.
Westminster: (35) Harrington House.—This house was demolished in
1928–9 except for the W. front which together with the re-constructed staircase
will be incorporated in the new building.
Page 27. Heading and first line of Section 5, for 60 read 61 and delete Footnote 2.
All Hallows Barking.—In 1928 a Roman pavement of plain red tesseræ
was found under the tower of the church and extending a short distance to
Farringdon Without: (5) St. Dunstan in the West, p. 133a, Monument
(12), the date of Joshua Marshall should read 1678 not 1675.
Farringdon Without: (10) Middle Temple.—The centre-piece of the
fountain shown in Plate 198 is modern and has now been removed.