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Chatterton's Confirmation

St Mary Redcliffe Church

Iconic Moment  No. 5    

1762   Age: 10

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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 Sugar-Baker

His son, Henry?, was a friend of


The Tom's Engraving of SMR

Adorned a Room

In the Kator House

It is reasonable to assume

That Chatterton

Would have seen the engraving

In his friend's house

He would have been entranced

By the Image and Historic detail

Toms Halfpenny script 123.jpg

Refuting the Claim by Rowleyites

That Chatterton could only

Have learned the history of

St Mary Redcliffe church

From the manuscripts in the Coffers

Of the Muniment Room.

The Postcard  Image above

Shows the Church a little later

After the spire was rebuilt in 1872

A mere 426 years after it was destroyed.

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