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Abbeys Monasteries and Priories Explained. Britain's Living by Trevor Yorke

By Trevor Yorke

Abbeys of the center a while stay essentially the most superb of spiritual constructions. They have been equipped with an organization feel of devotion, and with out rate spared, through groups which had a religion dependent upon venerable appreciate for the facility and authority of the Church. The grace and majesty in their development, and the gorgeous rural settings of such a lot of, cause them to an ideal vacation spot for viewers all year long. Trevor Yorke, utilizing diagrams, pictures and illustrations, explains the heritage of those structures and describes how they have been utilized in the centuries sooner than the nice Dissolution by way of Henry VIII in 1536, which left such a lot of them in ruins.

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Their churches had large naves, sometimes with wide aisles down the sides, in which they preached to a congregation, and a separate, thinner choir at the other end. Between the two was a passage that probably led from a main entrance into the cloister, sometimes with a tower above it. The plans of the existing monasteries still centred upon the cloister, and although many of the buildings around it were enlarged in the 13th century, the secluded square of land in the middle usually remained the same.

The east end was often rounded with small circular rooms built along either side or spread around its perimeter, each one containing a separate chapel or tombs, until by the later 12th century a square end had become the fashion. 5: A view of a Norman abbey church as it would have appeared in the 12th century, with a cut-out exposing the interior and labels highlighting the style of its various features. The style of Norman churches is Romanesque, a term coined by Victorians, meaning simply ‘in a Roman style’.

Gone are the semicircular forms; now the arches are pointed, with the two lancet windows on the tall ruins of the south transept (in the background), typical of this Early English architecture. The diagonal marks forming a triangle over these are from the roofline of the dorter range, which butted up to this wall. 2: WHITBY ABBEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE: This dramatic hilltop ruin is of the chancel (east end) of the Benedictine church erected early in the 13th century, with the contemporary rows of tall lancet windows.

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