Melrose Abbey

RIBApix ref no RIBA10736
Artist/PhotographerSmith, Edwin (1912-1971)
CountryUK: Scotland
Subject Date1400
Image Date1954
Library ReferenceESP/SCO/927 (ES806)
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Edwin Smith / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Founded in 1136 and located on the River Tweed, this was the first monastery of the Cistercian order in Scotland. Little remains of the original Romanesque abbey church and the present rose-stoned building dates almost entirely to the rebuilding in Gothic style after 1385. The abbey was abandoned in 1590 and the crumbling church was used as a parish church until 1810, after which it fell into ruin.

Subject tags

cemeteries, churches, ruins, abbeys