The Ground Plot of the Abbey of St. Alban's
Artist: Stukeley, William
Medium: Ink on paper
Sketch of the plan of St Albans Abbey in Hertfordshire drawn by William Stukeley. The Abbey is the second largest in England, after Winchester. From West to East the church is 550 feet in length (the longest Nave in the country), 190 feet wide across the transepts and the central tower is 144 feet high. Much of the 10th century Abbey was built using russet coloured Roman bricks from the ruins of the nearby Verulamium, these would have originally been plastered white giving the building a magnificent appearance.