Tea and Chat at Trinity Hospital

Lisa.Ford | December 22, 2011

Tea and discussion with the Trinity Hospital residents

Following on my last post, many thanks are also due to the residents of Trinity Hospital, with whom I enjoyed a delightful tea-and-chat session about  Northampton’s tomb and its history during my visit there.  As well as making me warmly welcome, they provided some interesting queries and comments about the tomb, the various remaining elements, and its history.  We talked about the various states in which the tomb has existed, and how the statues of the four virtues, which now are placed outside the chapel at Trinity, were part of the the tomb in its original state.

The Four Virtues at Trinity Hospital

The residents were intrigued to find that the statues they see when going to and from chapel were actually once part of the tomb, and commented they would never look at them in quite the same way. We discussed the original form of the tomb, of which there is one watercolour drawing actually done early in its existence while it was still intact, and one drawing which is a conjectural reconstruction, done by a former Trinity warden, C.H. Tatham.

Objects held by statue of "Justice".

One of the residents queried me regarding the objects that one of the statues holds, and which she had always wondered about. In checking on that later, I discovered they appear to be the pans for the scales of justice, the virtue the statue is meant to represent. The four cardinal virtues represented by the statues are justice, fortitude, temperance and prudence.

The Trinity residents said it was fascinating to talk about these objects which are part of their everyday lives, and that they were looking forward to further reports on the progress of the research and the project!


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