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The Romanesque Abbey of St Peter at Gloucester

Author/EditorHeighway, Carolyn (Author)
Bryant, Richard (Author)
Publisher: Oxbow Books
ISBN: 9781789254143
Pub Date15/11/2019
BindingPaperback
Pages128
Dimensions (mm)280(h) * 216(w)
A highly illustrated volume on the history of the abbey at Gloucester cathedral.
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This book was inspired by the records made by Carolyn Heighway during the thirty years when she was archaeological consultant at Gloucester Cathedral. The survival of so much of the abbey of 1089 is remarkable, and often not appreciated by the casual visitor since it is ingeniously overlaid by Gothic alterations. Since 2000, surveys have been produced which enable accurate plans and elevations to be made which clarify the late 11th and early 12th century appearance of the building; deductions have also been made from archaeological observations. Since there are almost no documents for the abbey before the 15th century which relate to construction matters, the building itself is primary evidence, and archaeology is an important element. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs, plans and measured drawings including accurate reconstructions; comparative scale plans of Worcester and Tewkesbury are also included. The late 11th-12th century church is described in detail, along with the surviving claustral buildings. There is a chapter on polychromy and on the surviving 11th-12th century sculpture, and a full bibliography. The whole is set in context by Malcolm Thurlby, who comments on the wider sources and associations.

This book was inspired by the records made by Carolyn Heighway during the thirty years when she was archaeological consultant at Gloucester Cathedral. The survival of so much of the abbey of 1089 is remarkable, and often not appreciated by the casual visitor since it is ingeniously overlaid by Gothic alterations. Since 2000, surveys have been produced which enable accurate plans and elevations to be made which clarify the late 11th and early 12th century appearance of the building; deductions have also been made from archaeological observations. Since there are almost no documents for the abbey before the 15th century which relate to construction matters, the building itself is primary evidence, and archaeology is an important element. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs, plans and measured drawings including accurate reconstructions; comparative scale plans of Worcester and Tewkesbury are also included. The late 11th-12th century church is described in detail, along with the surviving claustral buildings. There is a chapter on polychromy and on the surviving 11th-12th century sculpture, and a full bibliography. The whole is set in context by Malcolm Thurlby, who comments on the wider sources and associations.

Carolyn Heighway worked on excavations in Winchester, York, Belize and Carthage in the 1970s and conducted excavations for Gloucester Museum from 1973-1981. She was archaeological consultant to Gloucester Cathedral from 1981-2009. She is a Director of Past Historic. Richard Bryant was Deputy Field Director on the British Academy Carthage Project from 1974-1978. He worked at Sutton Publishing from 1983 and since 1996 has been a Director of Past Historic.

Preface, Acknowledgements Introduction The eastern arm The transepts and tower The nave The Romanesque claustral buildings Romanesque polychromy Romanesque carving and decoration Sources and associations of the Romanesque abbey church of St Peter at Gloucester by Malcolm Thurlby Summary Bibliography

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