The Bassett Vestment

Thanks to Fr Martin D'Arcy the Hall possesses a remarkable collection of about two dozen high-quality chasubles, in addition to several dalmatics and copes. As an example, the so-called "Bassett" vestment (named after the donor) is worth special attention. It is a faded blue velvet Roman chasuble made up of orphreys, the earliest containing an English 15th c. panel: set in a frame of panelled pilasters, supporting a canopy of a ribbed vault under a curving balcony, a King appears holding a bag and a ring. This records the legend that St Edward the Confessor donated a ring to a beggar which was returned to him by St John appearing to English pilgrims in the Holy Land.

(From notes kindly supplied by Mr Frank Rhodes; photo, Dan Mai, SJ)