The English Abbey Explained

Trevor Yorke

A step-by-step guide to the history and uses of English abbeys, monasteries and priories. With text, diagrams and illustrations by historian/artist Trevor Yorke.
Date Published :
December 2004
Publisher :
Countryside Books
Series :
England's Living History
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781853068546
Pages : 128
Stock Status : In stock


This book is divided into three sections. Trevor Yorke first charts the origins of the abbey and traces its development from the late 5th century to the Dissolutions of the Monasteries in 1536. He also looks at their fate since.

The second section examines their individual parts in detail, beginning with the most striking feature of monastic ruins, the church. He then looks at the cloister buildings, including the kitchen and dormitory; the workshops, guest houses and gardens; and finally the abbey estates.

The final section contains an illustrated time chart for dating abbeys, a glossary of unfamiliar terms and a list of recommended abbeys and priories to visit.

About The Author

Trevor Yorke is an experienced author and artist who specialises in period architecture. His many books include British Architectural Styles, Georgian & Regency Houses Explained, and The English Village Explained

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