Bell's Cathedrals: The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield
There was, however, a central tower, and, if the design on the twelfth-century Priory seal is to be trusted, a high circular turret at each end of the exterior.
Thomas of St. Osyth, the second Prior (d. 1174), erected the transepts and the easternmost bays of the nave, all of which bear signs of the architectural transition. The nave was probably completed during the next half-century, in the Early-English (then superseding the heavier Norman) style, as may be inferred from the surviving western gateway, and the mutilated columns which remain within the building at the western end.
[Illustration: THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CHOIR FROM THE TRIFORIUM E. Scamell. Photo.