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Tewkesbury Abbey

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Tewkesbury Abbey
Abbey of St. Mary


Structure in General

existing [completed]




  • Prior to the current building, the original abbey was founded in 1087 by Robert FitzHamon.
  • Many of the abbey's original bells were melted down to make cannon for Henry VIII's warships.
  • Overall, the abbey is dominated by the architectural styles of the Decorated-style chancel and the Norman piers and arches of the eight-bay Nave which dates from 1121.
  • Cited in Simon Jenkins' 'England's Thousand Best Churches'.
  • Masonry from the late 14th to early 15th centuries is also in evidence.
  • The abbey was further embellished in the first half of the 14th century in the Decorated style.
  • Tewkesbury Abbey is the second largest parish church in England.
  • The original Norman abbey was consecrated in 1121.
  • The abbey has a current peal of 13 new bells; 12 were cast in 1962; two which dated from 1696 were kept for clock bell usage. A thirteenth bell was added in 1991.
  • The tombs and chantry chapels date from 1350-1450.
  • The abbey has a distinctively long nave and has, according to Nikolaus Pevsner "...probably the largest and finest Romanesque tower in England".
  • Tewkesbury Abbey has the largest Norman church tower in existence and measures 14 metres (46 feet) square with a height of 45 metres (148 feet).

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147.64 ft
147.64 ft

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