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Calder Abbey

Calder Abbey

Artist: [Wilkinson, Jonathon]

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1750

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 50.b

Length: 30

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Calder Abbey in Cumbria, Northern England. Calder Abbey is situated near Whitehaven on the west coast of England. It was founded in 1134 by Ranulph de Meschines for a community of monks who were part of the order of Savigny, and who later merged with the Cistercians. The Abbey was burnt down in 1128 and it took many years to rebuild, with works not being entirely finished until 1322. The abbey was describes as one of the most enchanting in the British Isles but this did not stop Henry VIII dissolving the community here as part of the reformation of the 16th century.

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