NOTES AND QUERIES. [11 s. XL J E 5, 1915.
CROMWELL'S IRONSIDES (11 S. xi. 181, 257, 304, 342, 383, 404, 419). Lieut. -Col. W. G. Ross's book (see p. 344) is in the Bodleian (2 2856. e. 54). It was printed and published in 1889 by W. & J. Mackay & Co., Chatham Hamilton, Adams & Co. being the London publishers. MR. J. B. WILLIAMS will there find that ' ' A more exact Relation of the great Victory obtained by the Parlia- ments Forces in Naisby Field. Printed for John Wright " (Thomasson E. 288 ) described the alarm of the Royalists before the action,
" the news being brought to them (as a Country- man told the General next day) that Ironsides was comming to joyne with the Parliament's Army."
Thomas son's date on the pamphlet is 14 June, 1645. Q. V.
May I throw out a suggestion that the nickname " Brickwall " may have some allusion to Brickwall, the estate at Northiam, in Sussex, belonging to the Frewens ? Ac- cepted Frewen was chaplain to Charles I. and a staunch royalist, and was made Archbishop of York in 1660. According to the 'D.N.B.,' however, though the Arch- bishop was born at Northiam, the estate was not purchased by the family till after his death in 1664. T. J.
HISTORY OF ENGLAND WITH RIMING VERSES (11 S. iv. 168, 233, 278, 375, 418, 517 ; v. 34 ; x. 267, 393 ; xi. 306). I do not think that mention has yet been made of a doggerel aid to Clio quoted by Mr. W. F. Rawnsley in ' Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire,' at p. 401 :
" The Romans did wonderfully, and when they had to leave England after 300 years of beneficent occupation, England lost its best friends, for not only was he [sic] a great road- and dyke- builder, but, as the child's ' Very First History Book ' says,
If he just chose, there could be no man Nicer and kinder than a Roman."
This leaves me with an appetite for more.
THE CUSTODY OF ECCLESIASTICAL ARCHIVES (US. xi. 359). I venture to suggest that Canon Bullock- Webster's statement quoted by MR. F. R. GALE, that diocesan documents are housed in a solicitor's office, would, upon investigation, be found to be incorrect. The truth is that they are kept in the Bishop's and the Dean and Chapter's muniment rooms. It is true that, for the purpose of reference, they are brought as required from the muniment room, and the
searcher consults them in the office of the Registrar or Chapter Clerk. After being so used, the documents are taken back to their proper places of custody. The diocesan officials are solicitors in the ordinary nature of things.
These diocesan documents have been wonderfully well preserved simply because access to them has only been possible through the proper channel. The transfer of their custody to any newly formed diocesan body, apart from all other con- siderations, would be an experiment : if it relaxed the hold of the official over the document, the present record of long years of safe custody would probably be broken. JOHN J. HAMMOND.
Chapter Clerk's Office, Salisbury.
HEBREW MEDAL WITH ALLEGED PORTRAIT OF OUR LORD (US. iv. 447, 510). At the first reference I addressed to * N. & Q.' a query on this subject. I had quite forgotten a reply of my own sent thirty-five years ago,, in which the imposture is fully explained and exposed (6 S. i. 262). The medal had been referred to as genuine in connexion with " Jewish Physiognomy." I may now refer to Madden's ' Jewish Coinage,' 1864, Appendix B., on ' Counterfeit Jewish Coins/ p. 334, where all that is known about the bogus thing and others of the same kind may be seen, with many references to earlier authorities. My own attention was first directed to it when I was a small boy, in 'The Amulet,' London, 1828, p. 112, where I saw
" A Brief Account of some ancient Coins and Medals, as illustrating the progress of Christianity. By the Rev. Robert Walsh, LL.D. late Chaplain to the Embassy at Constantinople."
Dr. Walsh gives an illustration, and de- scribes how in 1812 an example of the medal was found in co. Cork, encrusted with clay, by a woman while digging potatoes. Fac- similes were taken, and attracted the atten- tion of the learned. Another was obtained from a Polish Jew at Rostoc in Germany. Dr. Walsh thought that the Aleph on the obverse indicated the first year after the Resurrection ! J. T. F.
LADY CHAPEL (11 S. xi. 338). Another curious use to which this title or dedication has been put obtains in the new Liverpool Cathedral, in which the present portion open for worship is styled the " Lady Chapel," although it has no possible reference to " Our Lady," being so called on account of the portraits of lady donors (of which the