lestown (some of whose territory had lately been acquired) may not be said; but upon this lofty spire was perched a great brass rooster, beside which the present Unitarian bird is but a chicken.
We were told by an eye-witness that Sam Swan, who lived next door, captured this same brass bird (which fell at his feet when the spire whe famous poem.
Before the rooster's downfall the second Medford bell was safely lowered, and with the clock had a resting time.
At the completion of the new Unitarian meetinghouse (for such it was still called) both clock and bell were placed in its steeple for fifty-four years more of associated service.
But by this time tn octagonal and domed, all show the skill of an architect, and set the style of the next five to be built in Medford.
Next was the First Parish Meeting-house (Unitarian) 1839, a little larger on the ground; here again a colonnade of four detached columns and four pilasters.
A similar treatment of the sides shows it to he classi
the present view.
This was taken subsequent to some repair below the belfry and after the invasion of the foliated capitals of the columns by the English sparrows.
To protect the worshipers from defilement these are enclosed in wire netting which detracts from their original beauty.
The old Withington house (now gone) is seen at the right, and part of Doctor's Row (formerly Rotten Row) at the left in this view.
Next in order of construction (upper left) was that of the First Parish (Unitarian) in 1894.
When this group of views was made (for the purpose of illustration of some special Sunday services) the photographer mistook it for the Universalist church, which was the one desired.
It, however, serves our purpose well.
The main building is of stone, and by later thought the belfry was also so built.
The small ventilating towers at the side are a special and pleasing feature, and the vines clinging to its walls add to its beauty.
A large memorial window in its front is esp