One of the five officials who resigned at the cathedral after clashing with the dean was Robert Lambie, clerk of the chapter, the body that runs the ancient minster .
An emergency session of the governing body of strife-torn Ripon Cathedral was held yesterday over the latest troubles to hit the minster .
It is in a deep ‘financial crisis’, says a canon of the ancient minster in the December issue of the cathedral magazine.
An official announcement by the dean and chapter, the ancient minster 's governing body, is expected later in the week after a behind-closed-doors meeting today.
According to the history books, Carus died before the minster was built on Church Street and is buried under the new altar.
The Lincoln incident happened during Evensong on Tuesday when a Victorian oak altar and a 40-year-old altar frontal were set ablaze in the Morning Chapel in the minster 's north west corner.
It was quite common in Anglo-Saxon England for one church to act as a minster for a town community, handling all funerals and gathering all the dead into its graveyard.
He desired to be buried in the churchyard of the minster so that ‘the sweet rain of heaven might fall upon his grave’.
The beautiful parish church of St Mary, dating from the 12 th century, predates the minster and is famous for a carving of a rabbit which is said to have inspired Lewis Carroll to create the March Hare in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
A similar daintiness animates the statues added around 1300-22 to Strasbourg Cathedral, the minster at Freiburg im Breisgau, and Cologne Cathedral.