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View of part of the ruins of Netley abbey near Southampton

View of part of the ruins of Netley abbey near Southampton

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Ktop XIV

Item number: 83-g

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The Cistercian Abbey of Netley was founded in the 13th century the Bishop of Winchester, Peter des Roche. After Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, it was converted into a private residence for Sir William Paulet. It declined slowly into ruin, and was the subject of many romantic elegies by 18th-century writers and poets, most famously Thomas Gray and Horace Walpole.

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