. The Victoria history of the county of Bedford. Natural history. A HISTORY OF BEDFORDSHIRE a south transept equal in width to the first bay of the nave, a modern south porch, and an octagonal stair- turret at the south-west angle of the tower, and within the west end of the south aisle. The chancel dates from the beginning of the fifteenth century, and is slightly wider than the nave, having probably been built round a narrow chancel that was older than the nave. An external weathering which runs along the east face of the north aisle is continued to within a short distance of the north respo

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. The Victoria history of the county of Bedford. Natural history. A HISTORY OF BEDFORDSHIRE a south transept equal in width to the first bay of the nave, a modern south porch, and an octagonal stair- turret at the south-west angle of the tower, and within the west end of the south aisle. The chancel dates from the beginning of the fifteenth century, and is slightly wider than the nave, having probably been built round a narrow chancel that was older than the nave. An external weathering which runs along the east face of the north aisle is continued to within a short distance of the north respond of the chancel arch, appearing inside the chancel. If this marlcs the line of the wall of the older chancel, it would show that the nave was set out without regard to its width, and in the expectation that it would eventually be rebuilt on a larger scale. Its north and south walls must have been cut away to allow the responds of the arch to complete themselves, and so remained till their destruction to make room for the present chancel. The chancel has a three-light east window between two canopied niches for images, a two-light window at the south-east, and a single trefoiled low side window at the north-west. At the south-west is another I1-* Century. ? Modem.. OF SuNDON Church single-light window whose jambs have been carried down to the floor level, probably to allow for a low side window here also. East of this window is a plain south doorway, and at the south-east of the chancel is a piscina with a shelf, and at the north-east a locker. The chancel arch is of the same detail as the nave arcades, with engaged shafts in the responds, moulded capitals and bases, and an arch of two wave-moulded orders. The propor- tions of the nave arcade are unusually fine and lofty, and the piers in the western bay are made of larger diameter and have an extra order in the arch to carry the tower walls. Each pier of the arcade is steadied by a flying buttress to the aisle wall, which, ho

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