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The Canterbury group of arcaded gothic early medieval chests: a dendrochronological and comparative study

Pickvance, Chris (2018) The Canterbury group of arcaded gothic early medieval chests: a dendrochronological and comparative study. The Antiquaries Journal, 98 . pp. 149-185. ISSN 0003-5815. (doi:10.1017/S0003581518000562) (KAR id:70425)

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This article draws attention to an unrecognised group of six pin-hinged, clamped, early medieval chests with gothic arcading in East Kent. It provides dendrochronological dates for four of the chests and systematic evidence concerning their construction, decoration and ironwork including the specific type of lock originally fitted. Comparisons are made with pin-hinged, clamped chests made in some other counties and abroad at roughly the same time. The carved facades contrast with the plain facades of the thirteenth century chests in Westminster Abbey. The group has the earliest dendro-dated examples thus far of gothic arcading on English clamped chests as well as other distinctive features, suggesting that the chests are the product of a workshop which developed with a degree of independence from other workshops. Their likely origin in Canterbury and a hypothesis about their use are discussed, and topics are identified for future research. The article aims to provide a solid one-county base for the comparative study of pin-hinged, clamped chests elsewhere in England.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0003581518000562
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Chris Pickvance
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 15:21 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 13:12 UTC
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