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LLANDAFF CATHEDRAL. SHALL IT BE COMPLETELY RESTORED? The following appeal for aid in re-building the South- western Tower, which will complete the Restoration of Llandaff Cathedral, has just been issued by the Dean, and we heartily commend it to the notice of our readers "Deanery, Llandaff, June 29th, 1866. We have now arrived at a period in the work of Restoration, when it seems to be necessary to look back upon what has been already accomplished, as well as to look forward, to what still remains to be done. It re- quires, however, some effort, even from those who have been long dwellers at Llandaff, and familiar with its scenery from their earliest years, to recall to mind the condition of our Cathedral as they first knew it, so changed and altered in its aspect now. At the time of the re opening in 1857, of that portion of the building which still remained under cover, nearly nine thousand pounds had been spent in the Restoration of the lady chapel and of the presbytery-in re-building the clerestory for which happily a pattern was yet left in one single bay amidst the ruin, which Time, more merciful than man, had spared-in the reconstruction and in the roofing of the choir and nave-in providing a stone pulpit of peculiar beauty, with carved figures from designs of Mr. W olner-a reredos, to supply the place of that trected by Bishop Marshall, which encroached upon the base of the Norman arch, and which seemed, even if its restoration bad been desirable, too much mutilated to be successfully replaced, though its relica have been carefully preserved in the Mathew's chapel- Sedilia richly wrought in Caen stone in their original position—buttresses which were needed for the sta- bility of the building, and which, at the same time, add to its beauty, by relieving the hitherto unbroken length of its exterior-massive seats of oak, which ac- cord well with the character of the structure. But when all this, and more than all this had been done, and it became possible to re-open once more the choir, and a limited portion of the nave for public worship, much was still wanting, even there, to give completeness to the work, such as—the re-construction of the roof of the side aisles and the laying of their floors with en- caustio tiles-the provision of an organ-of the bishop's throne-of stalls, both for the clergy and the choir- of the means of efficiently warming and lighting the building; matters of no slight importance for the com- fort of the congregation; and even if all this had been accomplished, the eastern portion of the cathedral, which was to be used for God's service, must still have been approached, as it had been for many a year, through a ruin at the western end, as complete, with its roofless nave and shattered aisles, as any of our deserted abbevs, which attract in their mouldering beauty the poet or the painter, and we should still have been subjected to the disgrace of leaving, to uncared-for destruction, in this our time of wealth and of abundance, one-half of the holy and beautiful house which our fathers had raised to God's honour, in their days of comparative poverty and straitness. But ive have rolled from us this reproa h, for on the very day of our partial re opening in 1857, it was resolved by the large gathering of the laity and of the clergy present on that occasion, that the work should at once go on, and that there should be no pause or resting-place until the Cathedral Church of the Dio. cese had regained once more, the full measure of its ancient beauty and proportion; and the work has gone on, nor has it ever been delayed for one, single day for want of funds, which the public, in redemption of their pledge, have largely and liberally supplied about ten thousand pounds, including the cost of the organ, having been already contributed and expended on its execution since that date. What has been alluded to as wanting in the eastern portion of the building in 1857. has been nearly all supplied. Throne and stalls, richly carved and inlaid, are there. The sound of an organ, so long unheard within our walls, again accompanies our songs of praise. Our side aisles are complete-both light and heat have been provided. But more than this, the ruin existB no longer. The interloping wall which for more than a century had cut the nave in two, has bean removed. The western front has been carefully repaired, atone by stone the roofless walls of the western bays have been re covered; the side aisles and the clerestory have been rebuilt the arcade of arches has been repaired, though it still tells by the stains of weather and by the prints of the clasping ivy, the tale of long exposure which it has so marvellously survived. The first stage of the south- western tower has been built on a foundation of concrete deeply sunk; the whole western portion of the nave and side aisles his been laid with encaustic tiles, the large accumulations of earth and rubbish having been first removed. The parapet has been continued from the eastern to the western end. The windows have been glazed; a handsome teak wood door, with iron work, richly wrought, has been set up at the main entrance from the west. The Cnapter House has been thoroughly re- stored, and with its lofty pointed roof breaking, as it does, like a transept, on the southern side, the extreme length of the Cathedral, now adds much to the beauty of the whole building, while it is in itself an object at once graceful and picturesque. Besides this, a new entrance has replaced the unsightly one of modern workmanship which had for some time disfigured the approach to the Lady Chapel on the south eastern side. And while such have been the results of public sympathy and support, we are indebted to a special subscription for the three pictures painted by Mr. Rosetti for the reredos; and a font? a lectern, and standard light for the presbytery, have been received as individual gifts, and three stained glass win- dows have been already inserted, and three more are in preparation—all the offerings of those who in preserving the memory of departed friends, wish to do something at the same time for the adornment of the House of God. It id a pleasant task to chronicle all that has thus been accomplished in the outward restoration of our church, and we do indeed thank God who has stirred the hearts of men to aid us in the work, while we gratefully acknow- ledge what we owe to them for their large and liberal sup- port, but it is even pleasanter still to be permitted to speak of choral services long intermitted at length restored,-of opportunities of public worship multiplied -of daily prayers renewed-ot more frequent celebra- tions of the holy CJmmunion-of a larger number j ofcommunicantg-ofincreasing congregations three times assembling on the Sunday,and stretching already far down into what but a few years ago was the roofless and ruined I portion of the nave-of occasional gatherings such as the meetings of the parochial choirs, when our walls j even in their now unbroken length can scarce contain the number of those who come up to join with us in a solemn act of worship in the mother church of the diocese, wherein all have a common heritage. These are, indeed, results which call for yet deeper feelings of thankfulness to God, and they are such as must gladlen I the hearts of all who have come forward to aid in in ] the work. There has been no waste here, and the J strictest utilitarian can scarce begrudge an outlay which has been so amply and so quickly repaid. But we must now turn to the future, for our work is not ended yet, and we seem to be but interpreting the public wish, if we determine to attempt without delay, what will be its crown and consummation-the rebuilding of the south-western tower, without which the unrivalled western front, and, indeed, the whole building, will still look maimed and incomplete, and lacking which, it will lack something not merely of beauty, but of strength and of solidity too. There are no doubt many minor details yet to be de sired. Such as suitable doors at the north-western and south-western entrances, the carving of corbels and of seats-the completion of the flèrJhe, and the restoration of the battlements of the northern tower, but all these are matters of far inferior moment,and will require no ex- traordinary efforts for their completion. The one great undertaking before us is the re-building of the south- western tower, whosa fall in 1722, wrought such destruc- tion on the fabric, and whose restoration will, we trust, ere long be the glory of our own day. We are well aware that this must be a costly enter- prize: but the cost is, surely, no reason either for aban- doning or even for delaying the task. In the present season of unexampled material prosperity, when espe- cially in our own district, wealth is rapidly accumulated on every side, there is no question of expense tor any secular undertaking, which promises either pleasure or profit to the projector, and we will not, therefore, for a moment believe that the costly character of the work will be treated as an impediment to its completion the large and liberal gifts which have hitherto been poured into our treasury forbid us to entertain the thought. Those who have thus far supported us, will not, we are persuaded, be content with an unfinished work, while others, who have not as yet made their offerings for the sanctuary, may not be unwilling to avail themselves of a fresh and seemingly the last opportunity of shewing their interest in our task. We have, therefore, obtained from our architect de- ta;led plans, estimates, and specifications for the rebuild- ing of the tower, and as soon as the necessary funds can be procured, the work will be at once begun but it is not intended to move a step until a guarantee is afforded, that it can be steadily pursued even to the end, so that those who give may have the satisfaction of feeling that they are contributing to a thorough, and not to a mere partial or piece meal undertaking. We dare not, however, stay our Laid, and some of those who have hitherto watched over the progress of the restoration, and laboured for its completion, may be par- doned if in failing strength and in declining years, they feel a longing, it may be a selfish, desire, to witness ere the close of life, its glorious termination, and to see the top stone brought forth with shouting, and the whole l'abiic once more appearing in all the fairness of beauty and proportion which gladdened the hearts of our fathers at its first erection. Under these circumstances we ap- peal once again to that liberality which has never yet failed us, and we ask for one more hearty earnest effort, to bring our undertaking to its final close.




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