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Hailes Abbey by Jan Kip & Leonard Knyff, 1712 

ABOUT ME

I have had a lifelong interest in the Monasteries of England and Wales. As a lockdown exercise I began to write a series of essays on their stories after dissolution which are many and varied.

I intend to post some of these on this blog. They cover: 

  • the transformation of monasteries into homes, parish churches, cathedrals and other buildings

  • monasteries seen through the eyes of great antiquarians

  • the impact of the romantic movement

  • the development of monastic archaeology

  • remnants: what were the forces that led to ruination for many sites ?

  • finally monasteries reclaimed - some sites have been re-inhabited

Medieval Monasteries + History + Architecture + Antiquarianism + Archaeology + Romantic Inspiration + Gothic Revival