The Great Tower was built by architect William Orchard between the years of 1492 and 1509 as an addition to the cloisters he constructed from 1474 to 1480.
The tower is of a stereotypical Gothic design with the corners contained with octagonal turrets, one of which is larger than the others as it contains a staircase to the roof. Spirelets crown each of the four corners with a pinnacle also dividing each side in the middle.
The great tower serves as a bell tower containing 10 bells which were first rung in 1509 although a new set were cast in 1623 which remain today.
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