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THE NEW BELFRY

OF

CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD.

§ 1. On the etymological significance of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.

The word 'Belfry' is derived from the French bel, 'beautiful, becoming, meet,' and from the German frei, 'free, unfettered, secure, safe.' Thus the word is strictly equivalent to 'meat-safe,' to which the new Belfry bears a resemblance so perfect as almost to amount to coincidence.

 

§ 2. On the style of the new Belfry, Ch. Ch.

The style is that which is usually known as 'Early Debased': very early, and remarkably debased.