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Late Medieval; c. 1365
On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Late Medieval Religion: Wooden Carvings
This crocketed (with ornamented pinnacles) canopy from one of the choir stalls in the church of the Royal Hospital of St Katherine can be seen in John Carter's watercolour of 1770 (Museum of London Docklands collection). The hospital, near the Tower of London, was founded by Queen Matilda in 1147-8 for the support of 13 'poor persons' and for the benefit of her soul and those of other members of the royal family. It was administered by the Augustinian Prior and cannons of Holy Trinity, Aldgate for many years, and by the late 1300s had become one of the largest, wealthiest and most important in medieval London. The master, the brothers, sisters and poor residents had to pray and attend masses for members of the royal family. The foundation distributed 1000 halfpennies to the local poor every year as well as providing for six poor scholars and ten elderly bedeswomen. The canopy is on loan from the Victoria & Albert Museum.
H 1080 mm; W 660 mm; D 70 mm
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