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P number: P210051
Old photograph number: A10146
Caption: Bayham Abbey, 4 m. east-south-east of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Description: Remains of Bayham Abbey (Premonstratensian), founded c. AD 1207. This once extensive monastic complex, like so many others in Britain survives only as a picturesque ruin following the 'stripping of the altars' after dissolution in the 16th century. The fine brown sandstone used throughout the original abbey and in the present Bayham Abbey house - visible through the lower arch, was quarried locally from the top of the Ashdown Formation (Hastings Beds, Lower Cretaceous). It is likely that much of the building stone for the house was recycled from the old abbey after the dissolution. Many of the monastic sites in Britain, closed following the dissolution became 'quarries' for stone. The most valuable building materials such as the lead roofing were sold on behalf of the Crown, but other materials such as timber and stone were often stripped and re-used locally to build new houses for the local gentry.
Date taken: 01/01/1964
Photographer: Pulsford, J.M.
Copyright statement: Crown
X longitude/easting: 565500
Y latitude/northing: 136500
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Portrait
Size: 356.17 KB; 788 x 1000 pixels; 67 x 85 mm (print at 300 DPI); 208 x 265 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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