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This was traditionally the place of burial for former abbots, and some graves can still be seen in this chamber. Other fragments along the east range include a double-doored book locker, and further Romanesque doors. The west range consists of little more than foundations, and the south range is a ruinous muddle of original work and fourteenth century rebuilding. At this stage it is perhaps worth mentioning that only a partial excavation of this monastic site has been possible in recent years as the walls of the abbey ruins are currently supported by ‘splints’.

O ontinual maintenance and re-building work has ensured that Hexham Abbey will remain a place of regular Christian worship, but it also offers the modern day visitor the humbling experience of glimpsing life as a medieval monk. uk Find exact location using Multimap 43 Jedburgh Abbey irst founded as an Augustinian priory in 1138, King David I built this great Borders monastery, colonising the house with canons from St Quentin Abbey in France. With help from the Bishop of Glasgow, Jedburgh Abbey was to stand as a symbol of the Scottish church’s independence.

When the community undertook a rebuilding programme during the thirteenth century, a far more elaborate style with clustered columns, heavily moulded arches and elegant lancet windows was introduced. It is fascinating to look down the length of the nave and compare the distinct building W 64 periods, as pure Romanesque gives way to English Gothic. The dimensions of the church are staggering, even by modern standards. Measuring some 370ft (112m) long, and rising through three levels, the western door arch alone towers to a height of some 75ft (23m).

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