Thorney Abbey, Exterior
Photographer: Johnson, Edward
Medium: Photographic print
Exterior view of Thorney Abbey, the church of St Mary and St Botolph in Cambridgeshire.
The west front is "a fine piece of Perpendicular grafted upon the old Norman work; and due probably to the time of ...Abbot Clopton. It comprises a window of comparatively modern construction with an ogee arch terminating in a kind of floral ornament, and divided by mullions and transom into an upper and lower series of lights. The arches of the upper lights are cinque-foiled, those of the lower, tre-foiled. This window is itself contained within the arch of a much larger and more ancient window, the intervening space having been filled up with stone-work...Above the window are nine niches containing the figures of Anglo-Saxon Saints carved in stone; the third of these from the south side, has been identified by some antiquarians as Tatwine, the friend and guide of S. Guthlac."
Text by the Curate of Wrydecroft Richard Hyett Warner from the book 'The Fen and Marshland Churches'.