Furness Abbey; North Transept
Photographer: Fenton, Roger (1819-1869)
Medium: Photographic print
“The charter of Stephen conferred on Furness immense estates, which endowed it with almost regal power…The size and splendour of the abbey was in keeping with this secular greatness; in these respects it was second only to Fountains in Yorkshire. It continued in this full-blown dignity and wealth till the dissolution… The remains of the abbey bear the character of their early origin. They combine the massiveness of the Saxon with the superior grace of the Norman architecture. The roof, being stripped of its lead, soon fell in, and the work of ruin went rapidly on.”
Excerpt from “Furness Abbey”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain’ by William and Mary Howitt.