By Trevor Yorke

Abbeys of the center a while stay essentially the most marvelous of spiritual constructions. They have been outfitted with an organization feel of devotion, and with out fee spared, via groups which had a religion dependent upon venerable appreciate for the ability and authority of the Church. The grace and majesty in their development, and the gorgeous rural settings of such a lot of, lead them to an ideal vacation spot for viewers all year long. Trevor Yorke, utilizing diagrams, photos and illustrations, explains the historical past of those constructions and describes how they have been utilized in the centuries sooner than the good Dissolution by means of Henry VIII in 1536, which left so much of them in ruins.

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Under the apse were stored holy relics, which could be viewed by pilgrims from the ambulatory that ran around the outside and was accessed from doorways in the chancel – note the blocked one in the bottom right of the wall. 14: ST JOHN’S CROSS, IONA: A replica of an 8th century high cross, in front of which pilgrims would pray en route to St Columba’s Shrine, which is the small building directly behind it. 1: ST ALBANS CATHEDRAL, HERTFORDSHIRE: When the first Norman abbot, Paul de Caen, was installed after the Conquest, he set about rebuilding the church with his master mason from Normandy to direct the Saxon workmen.

They did, however, import with them the idea of a pointed arch, although at this early date these were little more than a kink at the top of a semicircle. This more adaptable form was to change the whole structure and decoration of stone buildings in the following centuries. 7: BUILDWAS ABBEY, SHROPSHIRE: This monastery, like that at Furness, was founded by the Savignac Order, only to be absorbed by the Cistercians in 1147. This photo shows the nave of the church and (typical) of early Cistercian construction, it is simple and plain, the only decoration being small scallops around the capitals above the stocky round columns.

At the time this church was a Benedictine priory. 12: BRIXWORTH CHURCH, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: Some Saxon windows were simply cut from a single stone, as in this example. Originally all these windows were open, with shutters or oiled skins to keep the draughts out; the glass in this picture is much later. 13: BRIXWORTH CHURCH, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: The triumphal arch leading from the chancel into the curved apse beyond has a semicircular head composed of Roman bricks, reused by Saxon masons from a local ruin.

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