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Ruins of St Mary's Abbey, York

Ruins of St Mary's Abbey, York

Artist: Cave, H.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1819

Shelfmark: K.top Vol 45

Item number: 8.3.d

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the ruins of St Mary's Abbey at York. A monastic community was established in York c.1086. Under Royal patronage, it was to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful Benedictine monasteries in England. The abbey was built on a spot just outside the city walls which had been donated by Alan, Earl of Richmond. The ruins seen here were the result of a rebuilding of the abbey in the 1270s by master mason Simon of Pabenham. The late 13th century church's ruins suggest how impressive a structure it would have been.

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