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The South West View of Malmesbury Abby, In The County Of Wilts.

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The South West View of Malmesbury Abby, In The County Of Wilts. : S. & N. Buck

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The current Malmesbury Abbey is the third abbey to stand on this site. The first was St Aldhelm's earliest church, before he oversaw the construction of a larger, stone complex of churches located where the current graveyard lies. The present Abbey dates from 1180, and was added to in the following 200 years with a great spire that was the tallest building in England at the time, and a tower at the West End. But in the late 15th century – a generation before Henry VIII's cull of the monasteries – the great spire fell, followed by the tower 100 years later. Only the nave of this once huge abbey remains. A visitor to Malmesbury Abbey will see the tomb of King Athelstan, a 15th Century illuminated Bible, the crest of Henry VII, a breathtaking Norman porch which illustrates the Christian salvation history, and the poetic gravestone of Hannah Twynnoy, apparently killed by a tiger, locally, in 1703. The Buck brothers, Samuel and Nathaniel, are best known for their large format panoramas of major British cities published earlier in the eighteenth century. This fine engraving was published in the smaller format 'Antiquities, or venerable remains of above four hundred castles, monasteries, palaces etc. in England and Wales', published in London between 1726 and 1752.
region: Wiltshire
mapmaker: S. & N. Buck
place and date of publication: London 1732 -
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 190 by 360mm (7.5 by 14.25 inches).
ref: 44323

Price: £ 60£ 30

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