After the central tower collapsed the opportunity was taken to rebuild the first three bays of the choir in a style similar to the new octagon. The work was commissioned by Bishop John Hotham at his personal expense of 2,034 pounds, 12 shillings, 8 pence and 3 farthingsl Its style is a development of the Early English known as Decorated, which is lighter, slender and with more embellishment. The rear rows of the Choir stalls date from the fourteenth century. Underneath the seats are carved panels known as misericords. The desks and the front stalls are Victorian, with some fine angel end pieces. On the canopies above the stalls are a series of nineteenth-century carvings, which are the work of Michel Abeloos from Louvain in Belgium. Scenes from the Old Testament are on the south side, and on the north side are corresponding scenes from the New Testament. At the west end, the birth of Jesus is parallelled with the creation of Adam; his baptism is parallelled with Noah and the Flood, and his ascension (final panel) with Elijah being taken up to heaven. The Choir screen and the organ case are by George Gilbert Scott, the latter being modelled on the medieval organ in Strasbourg Cathedral.
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