The Misericords

The Misericords

The forty six choir stalls each incorporates a misericord, which is a tip-up seat which enables a Canon at worship to stand or sit or perch in a position that was good for singing. Typically they incorporate ornate carvings on their underside, with designs which are usually not religious, except for an occasional angel. The designs often incorporate mythical beasts, birds or animals. These misericords and choir stalls date from the period 1400 to 1419. Exposed to daylight in the course of repair they were found to have a thin wash of gold paint.