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Tewkesbury Abbey

 

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  • Tewkesbury Abbey claims to be the second largest parish church in England (after St Boltoph's in Boston) and larger than 14 cathedrals.
  • The tower originally had a lead encased wooden spire which collapsed in 1559 but despite this, it boasts the largest Romanesque tower in the country measuring 14.02 metres square.
  • Also missing from the building today is the original roof of the nave. Stonework in the tower still shows the outline of the former roof which was stripped during the 1539 Dissolution of the Monasteries.
  • The independent bell tower was converted into a prison and eventually demolished in the late 18th century.
  • On the west front is the tallest Norman arch in the United Kingdom standing 18.9 metres high, and there are 14 titanic Norman pillars in the nave, each 9.35 metres high which are also record holders.

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Renovation Architect
George Gilbert Scott

Reference Data

Reference No.
4469
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
24-10-2011
 

Building Location

Address
Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury. GL20
Council
Tewkesbury Borough Council
County
Gloucestershire
Region
South West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1092
Completion date
1520
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Romanesque

Roof Height (AGL)
45.11

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


Last Sale Value
£453.00
Sale Date
1539

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