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This Layton Ecclefia is a village near to Spalden", in the county of Huntingdon, and the greatest part of the parish-church was fallen down, and that of it which stood was so decayed, so little, and so useless, that the parishioners could not meet to perform their duty to God in public prayer and praises; and thus it had been for almost 20 years, in which time there had been some faint endeavours for a public collection, to enable the parishioners to rebuild it, but with no success, till Mr. Herbert undertook it; and he by his own and the contribution of many of his kindred, and other noble friends, undertook the re-edification of it, and made it so much his whole business, that he became restless till he saw it finished as it now stands : being for the workmanship a costly Mosaic; for the form an exact cross; and for the decency and beauty, I am assured, it is the most remarkable parish-church that this nation affords. He lived to see it so wainfcotted, as to be exceeded by none; and, by his order, the reading-pew and pulpit were a little distant from each other, and both of an equal height":

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* It appears from a recent survey of this church, that the reading-desk is on the right-hand in the nave, just as you enter the chancel, and that its height is seven feet four inches; and that the pulpit is on the left-hand, and exactly of the same height. They are both pentagonal. The church is at present chiefly paved with bricks: the roofs both of the church and chancel are tyled, and not under-drawn or ceiled. There are no communion-rails; but, as you advance to the communion-table, you ascend three steps. The windows are large and handsome, with some small remnants of painted glass. The seats and pews both in the nave, the cross-aille, and the chancel, somewhat resemble the stalls in cathedrals, but are very simple, with little or no ornament, nearly alike, and formed of oak. It was evidently the intention of Mr. Herbert that in his church there should be no distinction between the seats of the rich and those of the poor. During divine service the men have from time immemorial been accustomed to fit on the south-lide of the nave, and the women on the north-Gide. In the crossaisle, the male-servants Gt on the south-side, and the female-servants on the north-lide.

The strongest and best part of the church is the tower, which is of most durable and excellent stone, dug out of the quarries of Barnock in Northamptonshire. It is considered as a fine specimen of good architecture.

Mr. Walton seems to have been misinformed when he writes, that the workmanship of the church was a cofly Mosaic, and that Mr. Herbert lived to see it wainscotted. No traces of either are discoverable. The church is now, in 1795, dilapidated in several parts.

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This Layton Ecclesia is a village near to Spalden“, in the county of *Huntingdon, and the greatest part of the parish-church was fallen down, and that of it which stood was so decayed, so little, and so useless, that the parishioners could not meet to perform their duty to God in public prayer and praises; and thus it had been for almost 20 years, in which time there had been some faint endeavours for a public collection, to enable the parishioners to rebuild it, but with no success, till Mr. Herbert undertook it; and he by his own and the contribution of many of his kindred, and other noble friends, undertook the re-edification of it, and made it so much his whole business, that he became restless till he saw it finished as it now stands : being for the workmanship a costly Mosaic; for the form an exact cross; and for the decency and beauty, I am assured, it is the most remarkable parish-church that this nation affords. He lived to see it so wainscotted, as to be exceeded by none; and, by his order, the reading-pew and pulpit were a little distant from each other, and both of an equal height*:

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u Spalden, or Spalding, is a town in Lincolnshire. Mr. Walton has mistaken the name for Spaldwick, or Spaldick, in Huntingdonshire.

* It appears from a recent survey of this church, that the reading-desk is on the right-hand in the nave, just as you enter the chancel, and that its height is seven feet four inches; and that the pulpit is on the left-hand, and exactly of the same height. They are both pentagonal. The church is at present chiefly paved with bricks: the roofs both of the church and chancel are tyled, and not under-drawn or ceiled. There are no communion-rails; but, as you advance to the communion-table, you afcend three steps. The windows are large and handsome, with some small remnants of painted glass. The seats and pews both in the nave, the cross-aille, and the chancel, somewhat resemble the stalls in cathedrals, but are very simple, with little or no ornament, nearly alike, and formed of oak. It was evidently the intention of Mr. Herbert that in his church there should be no distinction between the seats of the rich and those of the poor. During divine service the men have from time immemorial been accustomed to sit on the south-side of the nave, and the women on the north-side. In the crossaille, the male-fervants lt on the fouth-fide, and the female-fervants on the north-lide.

The strongest and best part of the church is the tower, which is of most durable and excellent stone, dug out of the quarries of Barnock in Northamptonshire. It is considered as a fine specimen of good architecture.

Mr. Walton seems to have been misinformed when he writes, that the workmanship of the church was a costly Mosaic, and that Mr. Herbert lived to see it wainscotted. No traces of either are discoverable. The church is now, in 1795, dilapidated in several parts.

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1. Roe Smart IRYS CIRCI1, at 1 BIGZITOV-BROVEJIVOLD IN HINTIVGDOYSHIRE, BI'ILT boy 11GEORGE HERBERT.

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