Medieval Mensa - St Kyneburgha - Castor, Cambridgeshire
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N 52° 34.373 W 000° 20.508
30U E 680131 N 5828079
Medieval Mensa in the Lady Chapel of St Kyneburgha's church, Castor
Waymark Code: WMVN41
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 05/07/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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"In 2000 a large stone which then lay in the path outside the priest’s door to the Chancel was identified as a pre Reformation medieval mensa (stone altar slab). Although much worn and weathered from being outside for hundreds of years and broken into three parts, its location, together with its dimensions (6 1 / 2 feet by 3 feet) and the fact that it was bevelled on three sides and square cut on one long side, indicate it was very probably the old high altar stone originally set flush against the chancel East wall. It was then brought into the church and laid in the chancel to preserve it from further deterioration. After discussions with our architect, Julian Limentani, and the diocese it was decided to re-install it in the church, this time in the Lady Chapel. Consequently the Lady Chapel was re-ordered to face South to accommodate it. In 2003 the old mensa was repaired and set up on six bluestone columns by Fairhavens of Anglesey Abbey, the conservationist workshops, in a style appropriate for its origins, under the three-light Early English window in the South transept."

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