Tewkesbury Abbey

Although the Abbey was founded in 1087 by nobleman Robert FitzHamon, building of the present Abbey did not start until 1102. Built to house Benedictine monks, the Norman Abbey was near completion when consecrated in 1121.

Embellishments to the long nave roof and the apsidal chancel were made in the first half of the 14th century in the Decorated style. After the dissolution in 1540 most of the claustral buildings and the Lady Chapel were quarried for their materials but the Abbey Church was sold to the parishioners for £453. Changes made since then to the internal configuration have developed to reflect contemporary styles of devotion, currently of the Anglo-Catholic persuasion.

Lying at the southern edge of the old town, the Abbey quietly dominates the land and skyline with its long nave and “probably the largest and finest Romanesque tower in England” (Pevsner). Vestiges of its social domination can be deduced from the layout of the streets and buildings, and the occasional relic; the Abbot’s gatehouse, the Abbey Mill, The vicarage and the Tudor-style dwellings in Church Street.

Tewkesbury Abbey

4 Comments CherryPie on Mar 9th 2016

4 Responses to “Tewkesbury Abbey”

  1. james higham says:

    For how long will it be maintained?

    • CherryPie says:

      The Friend’s Prayer
      O GOD, who for the glory of this
      thine earthy house
      didst move thy servant
      to found the fellowship of
      the friends of Tewkesbury Abbey,
      wherein we are gathered faithfully
      to protect and adorn its beauty: grant,
      we beseech thee, that, we being zealous
      in the service of thy sanctuary,
      all who worship here may perceive
      the excellence of thy majesty and
      be filled with the fruits of they Holy
      Spirit, Through Jesus Christ our Lord
      who liveth and reigneth with Thee
      and the same Spirit,
      one God, world without end.

  2. ....peter:) says:

    it’s majestic Cherie… i like both points of view here….peter:)