It was accordingly destroyed, and the lady-chapel assigned, in lieu of it, to the parishioners for their parish church.
On the north and south of the lady-chapel the wall is finished by a parapet.
Mainly, the present structure is thirteenth-century work, with a lady-chapel of the fourteenth century.
The chapel north of the lady-chapel has an angle turret like that on the south.
The bishop's executors paid 20 "for making a certain window in the lady-chapel near the high altar in the preceding year."
The vestry was formerly a lady-chapel, possibly Saxon, with a thirteenth-century door and a curious mutilated altar.
Such a position for a lady-chapel—at the south side of the choir, and in an upper storey—is extremely unusual.
The south or lady-chapel has a fine Jesse window, besides other notable features.
The oldest parts of the present church are the choir and lady-chapel, which date from the first quarter of the thirteenth century.
In 1861 we talked with one who remembered the abbey church of Bernay in the full extent of its choir and lady-chapel.