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The old abbey gatehouse at Radford by Worksop, as it is now. 1774

The old abbey gatehouse at Radford by Worksop, as it is now. 1774

Artist: Pugh, H

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1774

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXIII

Item number: 36-B

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the gatehouse at Worksop abbey, also called Radford abbey. There is a market cross just outside the gatehouse, suggesting that this was once near the town centre. The abbey was founded in 1120 by William de Lovetot for the Augustinian order. The gatehouse,is a broad, solid mid-14th century building. John Byng, Viscount Torrington, visited Radford abbey during a tour of the Midlands in 1789 and noted: "in front of the gateway whereon is much curious carving, and antient sculpture, is an handsome reminder of a cross, on which we sat for some time, ruminating on this scenery of former grandeur."

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