Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire: The Archaeology and Architecture of a Cathedral, Monastery and Parish Church

By Warwick Rodwell

Dorchester-on-Thames and its abbey were matters of antiquarian curiosity for greater than 450 years, and through that time a lot has been written approximately them. they're, in spite of the fact that, nonetheless faraway from being comprehensively studied and recorded. certainly, the such a lot titanic architectural description of the medieval church used to be written as in the past as 1845, and a thoroughgoing reappraisal has lengthy been late. during this significant new learn at the origins, background and structure of Dorchester Abbey, Warwick Rodwell assembles a big volume of fabric from observations in the course of fix and conservation and data derived from archaeological excavation, in addition to the unforeseen discovery of formerly unstudied and unpublished topographical and architectural fabric, housed in numerous documents. the amount is divided into elements: the 1st comprises an account of the archaeology of the location and the architectural improvement of the abbey, whereas the second one includes a sequence of particular notes and observations at the current constitution, its fittings and furniture.

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36 North of Dorchester Bridge, the Thame divides into channels (Figs 1 and 2), and the extra easterly nonetheless homes Overy Mill. The abbey mill was once obviously at the western channel, the place the accompanying leat continues to be intact (Fig. 28). 37 The putative boundary line additionally maintains west of Queen road, being marked by means of a slender music. there's a noticeable dip within the tarmac of Queen road the place it runs over the trench, and in rainy climate this sector floods. John Metcalfe informs me that there's an historical storm-water drain following the trench line; it runs beneath the Manor condominium, and heads for the river. 38 Cf. prepare dinner and Rowley, 1985, forty nine, map. 39 as a result of the lack of traditional development stone, cob has frequently been used for walling within the Dorchester zone. If the precinct wall used to be made from this a bit of risky fabric, and used to be no longer saved in solid fix, cave in might speedy happen: without doubt this is often the reason why there isn't any signal of a medieval precinct wall surviving within the city. forty Keevill (2003, 361). with out providing any aiding proof, he asserts: ‘the present entry to the abbey during the lychgate and earlier the south entrance of the visitor home is deceptive, because it can now be proven that the medieval front could were to the north of the visitor house’. forty-one the road of the ditch is noticeable within the tarmac in Fig. 29. forty two Keevill, 2003, 334. forty three Morant, 1995, 37–41. forty four Bodl. , MS most sensible. Oxon. b. 220, f. 110v. Harris’s view of c. 1720 indicates just a low wall abutting the south-west buttress of the tower. forty five Bodl. , Gough Maps, 26, f. 42B. forty six Morant, 1995, a hundred sixty five. forty seven Illustrated in Thompson, 2001, figs sixty seven, fifty seven and 60, respectively. forty eight Pugin and Walker, 1836, pl. 14; Rodwell, 2005b, 122–8. forty nine fundamental roof timbers have been dated via dendrochronology, yielding felling-dates of spring 1444 and wintry weather 1444/45. A stud from the east gableend with regards to a fix, whilst the development was once truncated, was once dated to wintry weather 1543/44: Vernacular Archit. , 38 (2007), 129. 50 Anon. , 1976; VCH, 1939, 468–9. fifty one Conceivably, the close by apartment referred to as The Priory is for all functional reasons its successor as a place of abode. even if, The Priory contains trees framing at the back of a Georgian façade, and isn't chronologically later than the dying of The Abbey. fifty two Brakspear, 1923. The west variety at Bradenstoke stood in remarkably entire and unique until eventually the Thirties, whilst it used to be taken down by way of William Randolph Hearst and shipped to the USA. fifty three Abbey visitor home is indexed Grade II*. a quick file on it was once ready by way of the RCHME in April 1991 (unpublished). fifty four This secondary variety appears to be like at the tithe map and is glimpsed in numerous topographical illustrations of the 18th and nineteenth centuries. Bodl. , best. Oxon. b. 283, f. eleven. The school-house was once demolished while the hot Vicarage was once outfitted and the current force among it and the church created. fifty five prepare dinner and Rowley, 1987, sixty three; Tiller, 2005, fig. forty six. fifty six Clark, 1891. fifty seven Skelton, 1923, 6. From his dialogue, it truly is obvious that Skelton believed the monastery used to be focused in this barnyard, instead of at the current church.

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