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The lovely Tewkesbury Abbey is a wonderful place to visit, and has lots of opportunities for nice photographs. A benedictine monastery was founded on the site in 715, the current building dates from 1121, and has one of the largest Romanesque towers in Europe. The Abbey was surrendered to the crown at the dissolution of the monastaries in 1540, but was saved from destruction when the townspeople raised enough money to buy it back.


 
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  The west end of the Abbey - complete with the crew to give a sense of scale. It is the tallest Norman arch in the country at 65 feet high.   The plain round Norman columns date from the first quarter of the twelfth century.  
 
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  The east end of the Abbey.   An amusing gargoyle up near the roof.  
 
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  Some restored stonework high up on the tower.   Where the old cloister ran - now just part of the abbey's outer wall.  
 
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  The quire and chancel with mid-fourteenth century windows...   ...and a fine decorated roof, constructed around 1340.  
 
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  Some old stained glass (1686) in the West window.   Some new stained glass (2002) in one of the chapels.