Panel C6

Iconic Moment  No. 5    



St Mary Redcliffe Church

 Age: 10

st mary Kator.jpg

Chatterton was baptised

St Mary Redcliffe church

1st January, 1753

He was Confirmed

Sometime Between 1762 to 1764

By Bishop Thomas Newton

A Man he was later to Despise

Mary Chatterton, and Dr. Lort (B11457)

Say that he was Confirmed in 1764.

Taylor states that if it was 1764

Then 'On the Last Epiphany'

Is not by Chatterton

Meyerstein Disagrees

And seems convinced

 That it is Chatterton's work. 

Another Conundrum

According to Mary


"Was more cheerful

After he began to write poetry," 

When he was about 10 years old.

The engraving, by Toms,

Shows St Mary Redcliffe

As Chatterton would have seen it

It lost its spire in 1446

After a lightning Strike

Enter the Kator family

Mr Kator was a confectioner

The Tom's Engraving

Adorned a Room

In the Kator House

The son of the house

John or Henry?

Was a Friend of Chatterton's

Chatterton writes to Henry Kator

He is more likely to write to the son

Than the father

Checking this as my memory

is failing me!

It is suggested that Chatterton

Would have seen this engraving

Hanging on the wall

When he visited his friend's house

He would have been entranced

By the Image and Historic detail

Of his beloved St Mary Redcliffe

Refuting the Claim by Rowleyites

That Chatterton could only

Have learned the history of the church

From the manuscripts in the Coffers

Of the Muniment Room.

The Postcard  Image

Shows the Church Later

After the spire was rebuilt in 1872

A mere 426 years after it was destroyed.


See Panel C5-3  for On the Last Epiphany