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Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 176 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 176
Leeds and York [September 20, 1905]  A mighty interesting place. The present crypt had been filled up with stones and rubbish. Examination revealed that the pillars and arches - now beneath the choir - had been transferred from a little further west - a capital stone was serving at the foot of a pillar; column had not been strictly matched in the transfer. There we went to the place where the crypt was originally built. There were the bases of some fine pillars with their spiral zig-zag patterns. Huge things. The restorers have left some of the old filling of stones, in place, against one of the columns. The magnificent north window of the transept is a glory. It is very old - say 6 or 7 centuries. It ::::::::: [Leeds and York] September 20, 1905  consists of five pointed windows: often called the "Five Sisters of York." It is said that five sisters contributed the design, working it out full size in silk threads. Then to the chapter house, an octagonal structure of very great beauty, justifying the motto, "As the rose is the flower of flowers, so is this the house of houses." We were told by the verger that some distinguished American when asked what was the most remarkable thing he had seen in England, said: "The Five Sisters of York Minster." The glass has now become so brittle that it is covered by plate glass outside against the effect of storms which were decomposing it. Bits thrown down by the wind crumbled
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