Westminster Abbey, London: the cloisters undergoing restoration

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RIBApix ref no RIBA26810
Artist/PhotographerSmith, Edwin (1912-1971)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1400
Image Date1958
Library ReferenceESP/ABB/433 (ES5135)
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Edwin Smith / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: A Benedictine abbey was established on this site in the 10th century and it has been the coronation church of English monarchs since 1066. Construction on the present church began in 1245. The Gothic nave was begun in 1376 under Abbot Nicholas Litlyngton (d. 1386), and completed by the master mason, Henry Yevele, in the 1390s. The four cloisters of the abbey were rebuilt between the 13th and 15th centuries after the Great Fire of 1298.

Subject tags

churches, restoration, abbeys, vaulting, cloisters