" Item vitreario pro 240 ped. vitri de proprio vitro faciendo 52s. 64, videlicit pro quolibet pede de albo..... In illis 240 ped., 66 ped. colons. Memorandum quod fenestra est una fenestrarum............." "Also to a glazier for making 240 feet of glass out of his own glass, 52s. 6d. viz.: for every foot of white glass......... In these 240 feet, 66 feet colour."
It is much to be regretted that this entry is in part illegible. There is some appearance of its going on to say "this is one of the Lady Chapel windows," in continuation of the last quoted entry. But there is a strong presumption against this in the extraordinary diminution in the price of the glass which would hardly have been thought good enough, and my conviction, founded upon comparison with subsequent entries, is that this entry refers to the great window in St John's or the South Tower. The Nave window nearest that tower was glazed (see below) with "white" glass at 2 1/2d. per foot: while one of the windows of the N. Transept cost 2d. a foot for the plain glass and 3d. for colour. Taking 2 1/2d. and 3d. as the prices intended in the entry before us, we get 66 feet at 3d., 16s. 6d., and 174 feet at 2 1/2d., 36s. 3d.: making 52s. 9d., or within 3d. of the sum in the entry (52s. 6d.) Here then we have at once a presumption, that we are now dealing with a window in that part of the Church, which was evidently glazed at far other prices, and far lower ones, than the Choir and Lady Chapel. Now there is no window thereabouts so large as this entry requires, 210 feet, except the Transept windows. And if we go on to 1319-21 we find, among the entries about the minor windows, one which seems clearly to belong to the great window in the North Tower: "In 200 1/2 ped. vitri faciend 51a 64, et in ferr. pro magna fenestra in turri St. Paul fac. 23s. 6d." "For making 200 1/2 feet of glass 51s. 6d: for iron for the great window in St. Paul's tower 23s. 6d." The price here is 3d. a foot probably for the white glass for the lights; the coloured portion not being recorded. In the preceding year we seem to find the tracery of both windows (1319-20). "In 16 peyses de vitr. coloriat 20s. 8d., de albo 5s. 4d.: "16 peya color, vitr. et 20 de albo, 23s. 8d:" where, for the tracery, the high foreign prices re-appeared, with a further advance: the colour costing no less than la 3 1/2d., the white 8d., as against Is. and 6d. in 1317 (above in this Note No. 1). The number of sixteen pieces indicates the tracery or wheel of eight spokes, and sixteen large spaces, which is the characteristic of both these windows. And we may discern the interesting fact of a change, at this juncture, from foreign to English glass. The older entries specify nothing as to where the glass came from. But that it was French, we know, as the scroll on the one remaining Choir (clerestory) window testifies, being inscribed "S. Phelipe." But now it is expressly said that this high priced glass was from Rouen: while the next entry carefully specifies that the payment was "to the glazier, for making the glasa" The difference in price is immense, and marks the distinction they were content to make between the Choir or Lady Chapel and Nave. Yet the foreign glass seems to be again called in for the tracery of the St. Paul's and St. John's windowa.
"In 1 form. vitr. in Turri S. Paul 120 ped. unde de color. 24 ped. 26s.: videlicit pro pede albo 2d., et de color. 3d." "One shape of glass in St. Paul's Tower, 120 feet, whereof 24 colouied, 26a" Here the word tower is no doubt used with latitude for the entire Transept. The window meant is probably the cross window of the clerestory, above the entrance to the north choir aisle, reckoned as 20 ft. by 6ft = 120 ft. The glass still remains: very bold in pattern, and inferior, as the price would lead us to expect, to the Choir glass. We have no record of the opposite window, at the end of the north Nave aisle. But the corresponding window over the south Choir aisle, is expressly recorded: "In 1 verrator. ad ponendum 1 form, vitream ultra hostium choir" "One glazier putting in one shape of glass above" (ultra always means " above" in these entries) "the entrance to the Choir, Is. 6d." Then, probably, the opposite window (east-end of south Nave aisle) "In 1 verrator p. Sept. ad ponendum vitrum in ecclesia 2s." "One glazier for a week putting in glass in the Church" i.e., the Nave, as distinct from the Choir.
"Et 1 form in capella sci Pauli que continet 120 ped. und. de color 28 ped. 26s. l 1/2d. Et 2 al forme in eadem capell. cont. 86 ped. 17s. 11d." "And one shape in St. Paul's Chapel, containing 1201, whereof twenty-eight colour, and two others in the said Chapel 861" The areas are exact for the large window (151 by 81=120f.); adequate for the small (151 by 31=451 each). A like entry follows for St. John's Chapel: except that the colour is reduced to 101, the price is 25s. 5cL Here we are still in the region of low prices and English glass. The prices are 2 1/4d. plain, 3d. coloured, (e.g. for the large window of St. Paul's Chapel, 921 at 2 1/2d.=19s. 2d.; 281 at 3d=7s., or 1201 for 26s. 2d.): precisely the prices of the great window of St. Paul's tower, according to my reckoning as above No. 1 in this note.