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10a. Tewkesbury: The Abbey

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See also the Town of Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

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View of Tewkesbury Abbey from the north-west Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

General view of the east end of Tewkesbury Abbey.

The earliest church was founded in the 7th century and a priory in the 10th century,.

The present 'Romanesque' style building was started in the 12th century. Building began in 1102 with stone imported from Caen in France.

The end result was one of the finest Norman buildings in England.

 

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

View of Tewkesbury Abbey from the north-west.

The Parish Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Tewkesbury.

After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s, it became the parish church for the town of Tewkesbury

 

Entrance door and exterior view of the north aisle of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

Entrance door and exterior view of the north aisle of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

west end and west window of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The west end and west window of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

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The south wall of the nave, where the cloisters of Tewkesbury Abbey were.

 

exterior view of the South Transept of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England flying buttresses supporting the north wall of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

An exterior view of the South Transept and one of the flying buttresses supporting the north wall of the ?

 

general view east down the nave of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

A general view east down the nave of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

boss heads on the vaulting of the ceiling of the nave of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

Some of the boss heads on the vaulting of the ceiling of the nave of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

The mighty columns and north aisle of the nave of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The mighty columns and north aisle of the nave of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

medieval font of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The medieval font of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

east end of the nave, the rood screen and beyond the choir and altar of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The east end of the nave, the rood screen and beyond the choir and altar of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

roof decoration and vaulting of the choir of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The roof decoration and vaulting of the choir.

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roof decoration of the choir and the east windows of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The roof decoration of the choir and the east windows of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

Details of the ceiling decoration of the choir of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

Details of the ceiling decoration of the choir.

 

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The highly decorated Beauchamp Chapel in the north aisle of the Choir of Tewkesbury Abbey, note the elaborately carved canopy of the tomb.

Built around 1430 by Isabel Despenser, Countess of Warwick as a chantry chapel for her late husband, Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Worcester (1421)

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Sculpture of an angel playing the bagpipes Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England   Sculpture of an angel playing the shawm Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

Left: Sculpture of an angel playing the bagpipes. Right: Sculpture of an angel playing a shawm.

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Chapel of Saint James Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The Chapel of Saint James in the north aisle of the choir of Tewkesbury Abbey.

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decorated altar piece in the Chapel of Saint James of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The decorated altar piece in the Chapel of Saint James of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

Founder's Chantry in the north aisle of the choir contains tomb of Robert Fitz-Hamon who founded the abbey Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England  fan tracery of the ceiling of the Founders Chantry Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The Founder's Chantry in the north aisle of the choir. It contains the tomb of Robert FitzHamon who founded the abbey in 1102.

Note the magnificent fan tracery of the ceiling mimicking typical large scale vaulting of the period.

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tomb of Sir Guy De Brien in Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The tomb of Sir Guy De Brien, elaborately carved, especially the canopy above the effigy of Sir Guy.

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fine vaulting at the east end of Tewkesbury Abbey beyond the choir Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The fine vaulting at the east end of Tewkesbury Abbey beyond the choir - this the north-east corner.

Despenser Tomb erected in 1349 for Hugh, Baron le Despenser by his wife Elizabeth Montacute Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The Despenser Tomb erected in 1349 for Hugh, Baron le Despenser by his wife Elizabeth Montacute.

 

eastern end behind the choir of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The eastern end behind the choir of Tewkesbury Abbey.

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steel sculpture of 'Our Lady Queen of Peace' in Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England  Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The steel sculpture of 'Our Lady Queen of Peace'.

Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

 

millennium stained glass windows by the artist Thomas Denny in Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The left-hand wonderful millennium stained glass window by Thomas Denny

millennium stained glass windows by the artist Thomas Denny in Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The right-hand millennium stained glass windows by the artist Thomas Denny

 

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South Transept of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England  South Aisle of the Nave of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

South Transept and South Aisle of the Nave of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

Looking west down the nave to the west window of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

Looking west down the nave to the west window.

 

columns and roof vaulting and west window of the west end of the nave of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The columns and roof vaulting and west window of the west end of the nave of Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

Examples of the misericord (mercy) seats in Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

Three examples of the misericord (mercy) seats in Tewkesbury Abbey.

 

details of carvings of the misericord seating in Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

Examples of the detailed carvings of the misericord seating in Tewkesbury Abbey.

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Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

 

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The four figures of the 'Touching Souls' sculpture by the side of the cafe at Tewkesbury Abbey.

Touching Souls is the name of this sculpture at the entrance to the cafe tearoom of Tewkesbury Abbey. It is a replica of the same sculpture in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, USA. It was created by sculptor Mico Kaufman and cast in bronze showing four children - a native-American, a European-American, an African-American and an Asian-American. All four figures are sitting on the ground, legs outstretched, with the soles of their shoes touching.

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Touching Souls Tea Room Cafe of Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire England

The Touching Souls Tea Room Cafe of Tewkesbury Abbey.



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