North-east view of the Abbey church at Bath
Engraver: Malton Yr, Thomas
This abbey church was founded in 1499 by Oliver King, Bishop of Bath. It was designed and built by Robert and William Vertue, masons to the king. Bath Abbey is one of the few great medieval churches built in the late-Gothic style that has kept its original design through the ages. This is partly a result of the dissolution of the monastery in the 1530s, which halted the construction and necessitated the church be offered for sale to citizens of Bath. Stripped of its lead and glass, the abbey was eventually given to the city for free in 1572.