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Jedburgh Abbey; Western Gateway

Jedburgh Abbey; Western Gateway

Photographer: Thompson, Stephen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: C.44.d.7,8

Item number: 172

Genre: Photograph

“The lofty western front possesses a Norman door of uncommon beauty, the archway exhibiting a profusion of ornamented mouldings supported by slender receding pillars to the depth of seven feet and a half. Above it is a large window with a semicircular arch, flanked by small blank pointed arches, on long, slender shafts, and this surmounted by a beautiful St. Catherine’s Wheel...But the chief beauty of the building is the Norman door which formed the southern entrance to the church from the cloisters. This is unrivalled in Scotland for the symmetry of its proportions and the elegance of its workmanship. Its sculptured mouldings, springing from slender shafts, with capitals richly wreathed, present the figures of men, animals, and flowers of the most admirable delicacy and minuteness. Altogether, the late Archibald Elliot, architect, pronounced this, in a statistical account of Scotland, the most perfect and beautiful specimen of the Saxon and Early Gothic in Scotland.”

Excerpt from “Jedburgh Abbey”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.

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