View of the Abbey Crusis near Llangollen
Architect: Walmsley, Thomas
View of Abbey Crusis, near Llangollen in north Wales. The Medieval monastery was established in 1201 as an isolated sanctuary for an order of Cistercian monks. After a fire in 1250 it was remodelled and luxurious living quarters were added to demonstrate the Abbeys status as the second wealthiest monastery in Wales. Although already a ruin when this painting of the west side of the abbey was originally made in the 18th century, the magnificent workmanship is still evident in the large gothic arches and the rose window in the gable.