The Transepts

Returning to the North Transept, you see the Pulpit on your right. It came from a church in Sussex and was donated to the Cathedral two years after the Great Fire of 1892. Above it hangs a crucifix made of ironwood from the old Borneo Cathedral, which was presented in 1977 by Dean Edward Rusted, who had served in Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia) for many years.

The Coats-of-Arms on the south wall, carved by Mr. James Crawford, a former Churchwarden, are those of the Archbishops and Bishops who presided at the consecration of the first five Bishops of Newfoundland, namely A.G. Spencer, E. Feild, J.B.K. Kelly, L. Jones, and W.C. White.

As you walk through the Transepts, please note how the design of the South Transept clerestory windows and arches differs from that of the North, for instance in the number of lancets, their height and width, type of mouldings (plain/scalloped), and ornament (beaks/roses). The same principle of variation also holds for the great windows of the transepts, both containing plain glass. The North Transept's has six lights and three roses, while the South's has only three, surmounted by a simpler rose. The south window was originally intended to be filled by a depiction of fishermen in the Sea of Gennesaret (Galilee), with funding supplied by individual Newfoundland fishermen, but the First World War and other economic hardships prevented its execution.

On the Southwest Pier of the transept crossing is found a bronze plaque commemorating the Rev. Edward Carrington of Devon, England, who was Rector of the Cathedral from 1819 to 1839. The chancel (east) side of this pillar also bears a tablet recording the names of the men from this Parish who gave their lives in the First World War (1914-1918).

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