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P number: P212039
Old photograph number: A12567
Caption: Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Looking north-east.
Description: Malmesbury Abbey was constructed in the 12th century of pale yellow, oolitic limestone from the Middle Jurassic limestones of the Bath area (Box Ground Stone). Only part of the Abbey now remains intact. The pale yellow oolitic limestones used in the Abbey have proved to be reasonably durable probably because the building is in a rural setting away from the problems caused by the industrial pollution of the last few centuries. A monastery was established on the site in around 676 but this building dated from the 12th century when the building was consecrated in 1180. The south portch is the most natable feature that survives from that period. At one time the abbey had a spire taller than salisbury Cathedral but it fell down some time before the Reformation when Henry VIII dissolved the monastery in 1539. Dissolution of the monastries in the 16th century lead to the stripping, sale and removal of building materials from many monastic buildings such as Malmesbury Abbey.
Date taken: 01/01/1977
Photographer: Jeffery, C.J.
Copyright statement: NERC
X longitude/easting: 393290
Y latitude/northing: 187350
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Landscape
Size: 306.46 KB; 1000 x 786 pixels; 85 x 67 mm (print at 300 DPI); 265 x 208 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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