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Postcards959 of 1570YORK MINSTER, NORMAN PILLAR IN CRYPT.DOORWAY IN CHAPTER HOUSE, YORK MINSTER.
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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
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    Beyond the 13th century wooden doors and the 'trumeau' with an image of the standing Virgin and Child is an octagonal space that is used as the Admin Centre of the Minster. A chapter house or chapterhouse is a building or room that is part of a cathedral, monastery or collegiate church in which larger meetings are held.

    The Chapter House was completed by 1286. It is a fine example of the Gothic Decorated Style then in vogue. The octagonal shape of the building allowed for spectacular displays of stained glass, now mostly lost in other examples, though not at York.

    You enter into a circular space ringed with low stalls, above which soar traceried stained glass windows that rival the famous 5 Sisters for delicacy and lightness.

    "The windows lead your eye upwards, where far above your head the marvelous ribbed vault of the ceiling is enough to make even the most footsore of tourists gasp.

    The ribbed wooden roof is truly a masterpiece of medieval architecture, with colourfully painted panels and a profusion of gilded bosses. Unlike other chapter houses, such as that of Wells Cathedral, there is no central column to support the roof vaulting; the ceiling is "free standing" if you will, seeming almost to hang in space.

    The stalls which line the chapter house are topped with a wonderful profusion of gargoyles - some humourous, some depicting souls in torment."

    http://www.britainexpress.com/cities/york/York_Minster_Chapter_House.htm.

    This is a Frith Series postcards numbered 18427.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KERRY 'n KAREN too!
    3. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 years ago
      magnificent...
      have you visited many? Your cards are amazing.
      I may have asked you that but not seen your reply.
    4. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      I remember those windows...specatuclar.

      Kevin I am interested in this package of postcards. I think you said from an auction? How were they advertised, what did the whole package look like, and what grabbed you enough to bid on them? Did the Miller's have these in a compendium or box? Sorry about the questions but I am fascinated about this record of their journey and how they kept it.
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      stunning!! :)
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KAREN, ANNE, SEAN, NUTSABOTAS, ELISABETHAN 'n GARY too!

      These were bought in an album of well over 340 cards from the SALVO's here in Sydney. It is a second album that I have bought there a year apart. I was not the first to get to the cards. It seems that there were others interested too. Of the cards that were left only two had any writing on them.
      One card was franked with an address to Septimus Miller of Caulfield.
      Another card had a comment on it about it being a house where they had stayed in 1906.

      It was detective work on the net that led me to knowing for sure that these were the cards of Septimus and Clara Miller. Their trip overseas in 1906 to Fiji, Vancouver, Niagara, New York, England, Belgium and France is well documented on the net. The cards are set up in the album in chronological order of that trip.

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/115566-usa-and-italy-1906-postcard
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      I will take some photos of the album. It is not in mint condition though. But the contents have been really well preserved.
    8. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      Thanks. Sorta sad to think that this collection, probably priceless, was sent to the Salvos first, and then broken up. Glad what's left is in safe hands.
      And that must have been some research to discover who collected them!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Thanks Karen. I was spitting chips that they were not all there. The sales assistant told me that they had been donated by a relative. She said that the others had taken cards with kings and queens on them. I can only imagine what they were. What remains however is a snapshot of the times.

      Septimus was the son of Henry Money Miller:
      http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/miller-henry-4201

    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      This is a page devoted to Septimus:
      http://brightoncemetery.com/HistoricInterments/150Names/millers.htm
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      You can see an oil portrait of Clara Miller here:
      http://www.artrecord.com/index.cfm/artist/1809-kahler-carl/medium/1-paintings/?order=1&io=1&count=10&Submit=Refresh
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      This is Clara's photo too!
      http://bellarmstrong.kihlstrom.com.au/images/BellPhotos/Clara%20Johnstone%20Bell%20(Mrs.%20Septimus%20Miller).jpg
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks LEAH 'n PHIL!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUESINNIJ!
    16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Your very welcome Kevin!!
    17. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      Hi there bud you are giving us a good history on old buildings with great descriptions. You must of brought a whole heap of them. I hope all is going well for you & the cyclone again was a dud. I have been in stronger winds especially when I was living in Katoomba. At least this way everyone got off relatively scot free I'm sorry for the ones that didn't I suppose it could of been a lot worse, but luckily no-one was killed.
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Hi Zowie! Glad Ida dudded. Mind you Campbell Newman also had a bit of a hit too. He abandoned the China trip to come home and save everyone. Some lovely footage of him running around. Come on Spinner! The size of Ida fooled everyone. I don't know how you tolerate the winds though. How much rain did you get? Must have yards rather than inches!
    19. toracat toracat, 7 years ago
      WOW!! I love these cards!! What stained glass and the woodwork and free standing ceilings!! KEVIN someday theses will be more valuable than early 1900 Babe Ruth baseball cards, and Lou Gehrig! etc. World wide appeal! Treasure them! You lucky Aussie!! And a mate of mine!! I will go back and study these more!! Don
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Thanks DON, hope you enjoy 'em!
    21. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Look forward to seeing more. This is really beautiful and thank you for your research. Is Salvos same as our thrift stores? ie: Salvation Army, Goodwill, DAV, Amvets, CHOC, St. Vincent DePaul?
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks VALENTINO!

      In Australia we tend to shorten lengthy words and expressions.
      Reductive we are!

      Salvation Army = Salvos
      St. Vincent DePaul = Vinnies

      In the case of Vinnies, the short form was used on shop signage for a few years rather than the lengthy version. Then they franchised the shops and sold off the name: at least that is what I've heard. It has become some kind of urban myth for collectors.
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MOON 'n ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME too!
    24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TOM!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AIMATHENA!
    26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUES IN NEW JERSEY!
    27. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      Sorry to take so long as for the cyclone we got very little out of it. We haven't had a proper cyclone were I am since I have been here luckily. I feel sorry for everyone going through the tornados at the moment I would hate to be caught in one not nice. So all who see this if you are effected I hope you are all safe.
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Thanks ZOWIE! All's fine here!

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