Inside St Mary's Church, Abbeydore

Recent Photograph of Inside St Mary's Church (Abbeydore)

I think this was the fourth visit here for me, but one I was happy to repeat. The ruined cistercian church was partially re-roofed in the 17th century, and a tower added in the SE angle of the crossing. The nave, once ten bays long, has largely disppeared apart from the first bay of the arcades and a number of ornate roof bosses preserved inside in the ambulatory. Screen, pulpit, pews and stalls all date from the 17th century. We were welcomed by one of the two guides which Richard (in our ChurchCrawlers group) had arranged. Half the group had a brief guided tour whilst the others meandered through and around the building under their own steam.

(Information provided by Phil Draper)

Image contributed by Phil Draper on 4th July 2008.
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