1881 – “Ancient” windows discovered in Shrewsbury

As some workmen were engaged last week in renovating the upper front portion of premises in Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, occupied by Mr Taylor, fishmonger, which for the duration of two leases of 99 years were in the occupation of a county family named Lloyd, they knocked off some old thick plaster, and with it the rose of an ancient piece of carving. This led to a careful search being made, resulting in the discovery of a fine perpendicular window of the time of Henry VII in a wonderful state of preservation. The window has three lights with quatrefoils above.

Over the window is a carved projection supporting the upper chamber, which has ribs of timber, each of which springs from a corbel. The cornice above the curve is a fine embattled one, and clearly indicates that above it is a concealed window similar to the one which has been brought to light. It may be stated that the window discovered is of oak, but exactly similar in design to one in the Abbey Church in Shrewsbury, which is distinctly perpendicular, and therefore there can be no doubt as to the date of that in question. Archaeologists are decidedly of opinion that the room in which the window is placed was occupied by Henry VII on the night before the battle of Bosworth, which decided the fate of Richard III.

South Wales Daily News – Tuesday 27 September 1881

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