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Jedburgh Abbey, From The River

Jedburgh Abbey, From The River

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868


Item number: 7

Length: 10.5

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The date of the foundation of this Abbey is not exactly known, but is supposed to have been in the first half of the twelfth century. It was much indebted for its prosperity to that 'sore saint' for the crown, David I,; but having existed in troublous times, it was pillaged and burned by the English, until now little more than its exterior remains. The north transept, however, is entire, and presents some beautiful traceried windows of the Gothic style. Upon its east end rises a square tower, surmounted by a projecting battlement, with turrets and pinnacles 100 feet high. But the chief object of architectural interest within this Abbey is the Norman door, which formed the southern entrance to the church. The general appearance of the ruin is now grand, massive, and simple, and is in admirable accordance with the romantic valley in which it is situated."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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