Embroidery on a white chasuble at St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London NW6.[Click on the images to enlarge them.]

When members of the Ecclesiological Society of St Paul's visited the church in 1884, they noticed among the vestments some delicate embroidery on white satin. This would be the sort of chasuble they admired, if not the actual one. In his long paper on Liturgical colours, printed in the Transactions of the society, Dr J. Wickham Legg sees white as the colour of purity, and describes its use thus: "White for Easter and its forty days, Ascension and its Octave, Epiphany and its Octave, and all feasts which show for His triumph, His power, and, in fact, His life Godwards" (91).

Photographs by John Salmon, with thanks to St Augustine's Church; text by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use the images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit John Salmon and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.

Related Material


Legg, Dr. J. Wickham. "Notes on the History of the Liturgical Colours." Transactions of St Paul's Ecclesiological Society. 1885. 95-134. Google Books. Free Ebook.

"St Augustine's, Kilburn." The Building News and Engineering Journal Vol. 46: 663. Google Books. Free Ebook. Web. 27 April 2021.

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