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chief object, therefore, shall be to give a very brief sum- raary of the earlier history of the Minster.
It is neither my wish, nor is it in my power, to gainsay the industry and ability which Mr. He has, however, given meagre, and sometimes inaccurate, extracts from the Fabric Eo Us, discard- Digitized by Google VI PREFACE.
We encourage the use of public domain materials for these purposes and may be able to help. The length to which this work has already run must necessarily preclude the compilation of such an account, which has been already given by others.* My * I shall refer my readers to three works, all of which deserve a care- ful perusal. Fifty years, however, had not elapsed, before the new church began to stand in need of repair. • • ante festam Sancti Laurencii cementariis et carpen- tariisy videlicet^ Roberto de Thorp, per xv" 48.
There is a sketch of what the Minster is then supposed to have been in the subjoined plan. Gopia bulli D pro eoelesia de Miflterton 187 XXXIX.
No alteration was made in Thomas's Church till the year 1171, when Archbishop Roger began to build a new choir.
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Marks, notations and other marginalia present in the original volume will appear in this file - a reminder of this book's long journey from the publisher to a library and finally to you. Professor Willis has written a most masterly paper on the architectural history of the Cathedral. Again, there is no church beyond the walls of the City of York which can possibly be identified with the basilica described by Alcuin, and within the City itself, which was then small, it is scarcely possible that there should exist at that early period, and at the same time, a Cathedral Church and a gorgeous basilica in which there were no less than thirty altars.