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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Thursday, 31 January 2008
by Brad Storey


Particulars relating to the bishop are fragmentary and somewhat disjointed, necessitating perusal of many ecclesiastical works and careful collocation of the excerpts.

Concerning the Prebendal School Bishop Story was rather the improver and developer of it than the founder. He relieved the *Chancellor of the diocese in 1497, from having to maintain the school, annexing a prebendal stall to it. "Nicholas Taverner canonici et prebendarii de Highley" was de facto master of the school. He had to teach grammar gratis. The master was not to hold any benefice.

John Selden, M.P., born 1585, the member of Parliament for Lancaster, 1623, was educated in this school. (P. 152 Stephen's Diocesan Histories, 1881. See also pp. 71, 119, 147, 151, 205.)

Mass was to be celebrated by Nicholas Taverner every Friday, excepting Good Friday and Christmas Day. Boys were to be at school a little after 5 in summer and 6 in winter. They had to go to the Cathedral for a few minutes during the elevation of the Host.

What Dr. Story really did was to secure the annexation to the school which existed long before of a canonry and prebendary in the Cathedral in 1498, which is still called the Prebendal School. (See Leach, "English Schools," I. 9.)

Bishop Story's Register-containing some important notes-is still, as we have already seen, to be met with in the archives of Chichester Cathedral. From it we learn that he reformed the abuses which attached in his time to the Pilgrimage connected with the Shrine of St. Richard, Bishop of Chichester, obiit 1245. The translation of this saint, in a silver gilt shrine, was made June 16th, 1276. V. Sussex Arch. Coll. ii. p. 137.

"Item xiv Kal. Julii in Vigiliâ S. Botulfi, Abbatis celebrata est translatio S. Ricardi, quondam Cicestrensis Episcopi, in Ecclesiâ suâ Cathedrali Cicestriæ a Ven. Patre Roberto Archiepiscopo præsente rege Edwardo, et majoribus natu totius Angliæ cum multitudine prælatorum."

Before the King and a multitude of prelates the celebration and translation of St. Richard took place. King Edward I. ordered the hangings of the shrine, which was visited yearly on April 3rd, to be renewed. On May 26 1297, he gave a guerdon to Lovel the minstrel, whom he found harping before the tomb. The King visited the shrine, June 16th 1276, April 3rd 1286, May 26th 1297, and June 26th 1299. Bishop Story mentions that of old custom the various parishioners of his diocese visited, on Whitsun Monday, the Cathedral, in honour of St. Richard, and came to blows about precedence of access and departure; and therefore enjoined the following order to be observed; the time of the procession being fixed to commence at 10 a.m. by the Cathedral clock, the inhabitants of Arundel, Westdean, Bosham, Apuldreham, Fontyngton, Chydham, Ovyng, Sydlesham, Eston, Felgham, Birdham and Selsey to enter with crosses and banners, and not with long pointed rods (which had led to disgraceful feuds), without

*See Walcott's Memorials - p. 58.