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Beaufield Abbey

Beaufield Abbey

Engraver: Cartwright

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1807

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 11

Item number: 22e

Length: 19.1

Width: 13.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the remains of Beauchief Abbey in Derbyshire. The Abbey was established in 1183 for the Premonstratensian Order, also known as the Black Canons. It was founded by Lord of the Manor Robert Fitz-Ranulph, who was known for his involvement in the killing of Thomas-a-Becket. The Abbey was dedicated to Becket. The abbey prospered as monks kept sheep on the moors and it had several mills for corn grinding. As can be seen in this picture, the church was still standing by the late 18th century. Most of the abbey buildings were dismantled in the 17th and 18th centuries to provide the stone for the new Beauchief Hall. The former abbey's estate was now owned by the Pegge family.

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