The Building Accounts for St Stephen's Chapel, Palace of Westminster, 1292-1366 (2013-14)
Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant: University of York in partnership with the Palace of Westminster
Collaboration: the University of York and the Palace of Westminster
Funding: £118,800; Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant
Duration: Two years from January 2013
Principal Investigator and editor of the volume: Professor Tim Ayers (Department of History of Art, University of York)
Co-Investigator: Dr Maureen Jurkowski (University of York) transcribing and translating the accounts
This project , led by Dr Tim Ayers, made available for the first time a full critical edition and translation of the fabric accounts for St Stephen’s Chapel in the Palace of Westminster, the greatest and most enduring site of English government. The chapel was rebuilt by Edward I from 1292, but completed only by Edward III in the 1360s. By this time, it had been richly decorated with architectural sculpture, stained glass and paintings.
Produced by the king’s exchequer and now in The National Archives, the manuscript accounts are exceptionally full. They document the processes of royal patronage in great detail and are fundamental to an understanding of English royal display. They are also of international significance as evidence for medieval crafts and their working practices, with a wide range of other potential applications for economic and social historians.
The project ran for two years in parallel with the wider, interdisciplinary research project 'St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster: Visual and Political Culture, 1292-1941'(1 October 2013 to 30 September 2016), on which Dr Ayers was the Co-Investigator.
Publication of an edition of the fabric accounts for St Stephen's Chapel in the Palace of Westminster is forthcoming.
Main image: G. Earp, St Stephen's Chapel: A Conjectural Reconstruction (c.1880), watercolour. Palace of Westminster, WOA 2257