One of two gothic-styled lanterns from Bath Abbey designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott

One of two gothic-styled lanterns from Bath Abbey designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott

George Gilbert Scott’s design for the Albert Memorial was the epitome of High Victorian Gothic Revival. It earned him a knighthood. This champion of all-things-mediaeval worked on over 300 churches and cathedrals – including Westminster and Bath Abbeys.He was directing operations in Bath between 1860 and 1873. I discovered this – one of two such gothic-styled metal and glass lanterns – amidst the dust within the Abbey Cemetery Chapel at Widcombe last Sunday. The last of three Open Heritage days. The lantern bears a label attributing its design to George Gilbert Scott. They would be prize exhibits in any Museum of Bath. They will be displayed on my Virtual Museum of Bath very soon.