Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches

History and Architecture

Poor Box

Quite literally, a box to receive donations to aid the poor. These might also be called alms boxes, and were generally wooden boxes affixed to a pillar or free-standing atop a wooden or stone pedestal. They were frequently located near the main church door. Most surviving poor boxes date from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and many have iron strap binding for extra security, and a slot in the box top for coins. Some were later adapted to be simply donation boxes for church expenses.

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Mary, Queen of Scots was moved here following the failure of the Babington Plot to free her from captivity in 1586



18 February, 1884

General Gordon arrives in Khartoum

Gordon came to evacuate Anglo-Egyptian residents, but his negotiations with the Mahdi proved inconclusive

Shortly after this monarch was buried at Winchester Cathedral, the cathedral tower collapsed - a sign?



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