Royal Foundation of St. Katharine

I was asked last week if I knew the misericords in the chapel of St. Katharine (I now realise because they were featured in the daily bulletin of Spitalfields Life).    The answer was that I knew the chapel, but not the misericords as there was a service or maybe just a prayer meeting going on when I went.   So, I returned to investigate this morning and discovered that at the back of the chapel are the original fourteenth-century choirstalls, as apparently illustrated in Andrew Ducarel’s History of the Royal Foundation and Collegiate Church of St. Katharine, published in 1782 (he was buried in the church) and G.L. Remnant’s Catalogue of Misericords in Great Britain.

This is the bearded man:-

Another man with a beard:-

The Pelican in her piety:-

A woman riding a man-headed beast, thought to be Aristotle (I can’t think why):-

Best of all (there are many others) is a portrait of Queen Philippa, wife of Edward III and who wrote the Ordinances for the Foundation, apparently based on her effigy in Westminster Abbey:-


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