from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A small chapel or porch at the western end of a medieval English church.
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- noun architecture A
narthex, particularly in the United Kingdomand the Church of England; a vestibule, a fully-enclosed yet porch-like structure, leading to the main body of an English ecclesiasticalbuilding.
- noun In certain
SyriacChristian churches, the baptistry.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Was this the Early English porch now known as the galilee?
Nay, they were not satisfied when our porter and watch told them that those they pursued had taken refuge in the galilee of the church, but continued for some minutes clamouring and striking upon the postern door, demanding that the men who had offended should be delivered up to them.
From Goodwin's "Ely Gossip" we learn that the upper part of the doorway of the galilee porch was "renewed in plaster."
The roof of the galilee was also removed, and the lancets at the west of the cathedral blocked up.
Transition to Early English is very noticeable as we look at the remaining portion of the west front, south of the galilee porch, the lower stages shewing no trace of anything but pure Norman, while above we see pointed arches, quatrefoils in circles, and other indications of the approaching change of style.
In 1757 Essex recommended the removal of the galilee as being an encumbrance.
He built the galilee at the west end of the church.
In the plan in Willis's "Survey of Cathedrals," 1727, the south part is described as the "South galilee, now the church workhouse," while on the north side we read, "Ruined part of Galilee."
It is admitted that there is not to be found an earlier dated example of the finest Early English work than the choir at Lincoln. Second only to this the galilee porch at Ely may take rank.
In the galilee there was a kind of movement so that a man could get up further, and at last the traveller found a place to stand in just on the edge of the open gangway, at the very end of the nave.