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CHALICES, BRANDS, AND STEELYARD AT MAXEY.

A. Silver-gilt chalice, with date mark 1601. (6) Tudor rose engraved inside the cup. (c) Below the

oval-shaped knap in the stem. B. Silver chalice, with date mark 1570. C. Curious reversible steelyard found in a hedge bottom. D. Four iron brands, used for sheep and oxen before the enclosure, c. 1815. The Maxey brands have a

Maltese cross: the Deeping Gate brand has a hexagon, cusped and pointed.

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utterly obliterated by much scouring; the latter has, with great difficulty, been deciphered. It consists of a repetition five times (and the commencement of a sixth) of the words WART DER IN FRIDGE. These words are said to mean (Peace) awaiteth him that goeth in peace :” and it is believed that such dishes were not originally meant for offertory basins, but were placed upon the breast of a dead person, filled with salt.

After inspecting the Church, the party adjourned to the Vicarage to see several curiosities 'connected with the parish. On the way were seen several of the curious old grass enclosures which had been described in the paper read the previous evening. Among the articles exhibited were two fine Elizabethan chalices. The more beautiful of the two has been engraved in Markham's Church Plate of Northamptonshire; of both sketches appear in the present volume. Engravings are also given of a singular old steelyard that was found in a hedge-bottom a few years ago; and of the four brands used by the parish before the enclosure (1813-15), when the cattle used to be sent to graze in the extensive Commons at Borough Fen. The larger of these brands were used for sheep, the small ones for the horns of oxen. Specimens of oak from the buried forest at Postland, some fragments of Roman pottery, a curious old pair of spectacles with very broad rims and circular glasses, the Brudenell memorial stone, and an old tinder box, were also inspected with much interest.

Near the Castle, where the party had luncheon, the Vicar drew attention to the end of a cottage of manifest Early English date. A plain two-light window remains, and the whole wall is doubtless original.

After lunch, which was partaken of at Maxey, the drive was resumed to Northborough, where the Rev. H. J. Dukinfield Astley, Hon. Sec described the interesting church and castle. In the unavoidable absence of the Rector (Rev. S. G. Short), Mrs. Short entertained the party at a most delightful tea on the Rectory Lawn, after which the drive was resumed to Glinton, where the church was described by Mr. Percy Hopkins, architect; and then to Peakirk, where the church and St. Pega's Cell were described by Mr. G. Patrick, Hon. Sec. We shall hope to reproduce Mr. Hopkins' “ Notes on Glinton," and Mr. Patrick's “Notes on Peakirk” in a subsequent issue of the Journal.

The closing meeting of the Congress was held on Wednesday evening, through the kindness of Mrs. Terrot, of Woodstone Manor, at her charming residence, in which is contained much that interests antiquaries and others who become enthusiastic over what is old and

good and rare. With many specimens having these most desirable qualities Mrs. Terrot's house abounds, and a most enjoyable evening was spent there.

After an inspection of some of their hostess's more interesting curios, including a beautiful Renaissance carved oak fireplace (of which we reproduce an illustration), in a good state of preservation, evidently foreign in construction, and which probably dates back to about the time of the discovery of America, as the four figures represent Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, the Rev. H. J. D. Astley read the paper on Northborough Manor House, or Castle, and Northborough Church, which is printed on pp. 121-140.

Mr. Patrick opened the business part of the proceedings by proposing a hearty vote of thanks to the Bishop and Lady Mary Glyn, to whom they owed, he said, a debt of gratitude, especially to Lady Mary, who had received them most generously and graciously.

The Rev. H. J. D. Astley similarly paid a tribute to the Dean of Peterborough, the Mayor, and the Executive Committee, whose efforts had blended together so well to make this Congress the success which it had undoubtedly been, the Dean as Chairman of the Committee, the Mayor by his genial presence and kindness, and the Committee by their zeal and energy, having brought about the result they had all experienced. He would also like to include all who had tended in any way to make their Congress successful.

Mr. E. W. Fry seconded, and in doing so, referred to the Dean in terms of great praise. He, the speaker, was an architect, but the Dean had made him feel quite small in his profession, for he was evidently skilled in architecture, and, in his opinion, deserved great credit for the way he had gone on with the Cathedral restoration, in spite of all that had been written and said against his methods. Не, , the speaker, had been at fifteen Congress outings, similar to the one just ended, but he could testify that he had never had such an enjoyable time, and had never before met with such courtesy, kindness, and consideration as had been received from all with whom they had come in contact. The Mayor was also complimented.

Mr. Watts proposed the heartiest thanks to the hon. local secretaries, Mr. J. W. Bodger and Mr. C. Dack, who had laboured magnificently, and Mr. Patrick added a few appreciative remarks.

Mr. G. Dack suitably replied.

Mr. Gould proposed, and Mr. Hughes seconded, a vote of thanks to Mr. Rayson (hon. treasurer), to Mr. Patrick (hon. sec.), and to Rev. H. J. D. Astley (hon. editorial sec.), whilst their hostess and Mrs. H. P. Gates were included in the hearty good wishes,

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