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Northumberland Drawing

Brinkburn Priory

The 12th century Augustinian priory was built on a bend of the River Coquet, some 4 miles east of Rothbury, Northumberland, England. Little survives of the structures erected by the monks apart from the Priory Church, which is a grade I listed building  in the care of English Heritage.

Henry VIII dissolved the Priory in 1536. It passed to the Fenwick family who built a manor house in the late 16th century on the ruins of the Priory buildings adjacent to the Priory Church.  The grade II* listed manor house utilises part of the vaulted  undercroft to the monks' dining hall. Services continued to be held at Brinkburn, but, the church was reported to be in a state of decay before 1600. The roof had collapsed by 1700 and regular services ceased.  In 1858 the Cadogan family, owners of Brinkburn  started restoration. The roof was completed in the space of a year, and the stained glass windows had been inserted by 1864. The church, however, was not furnished until 1868.  Brinkburn Priory today, is a sympathetic 19th-century restoration of the mediæval  original. Religious services are still occasionally held here and it is available for events including weddings, celebrations and holidays.

Nottinghamshire Line Drawing

Southwell Minster and the Bishop’s Manor

Southwell Minster is a beautiful minster and Cathedral, in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England. It is six miles away from Newark-on-Trent and is the Cathedral of Nottinghamshire. In 1108 Southwell Minster, as we know it, was begun. The twin "pepperpot"  towers on the west front were completed by 1170 while the celebrated Chapter House - with its wonderful carved stone leaves - was constructed circa 1300. During the Civil War, Roundhead forces were stabled in the Minster. On 5th November 1711 a major  fire destroyed the roof and in 1815, the spires on the pepperpot towers had become unsafe and were removed. Serious repairs started in 1851 and the building was sympathetically worked on over the next forty years. Southwell is one of England's finest  medieval churches. The Bishop's Palace was rebuilt and extended for Archbishop John Kemp, 1426-36. In 1647, during the Civil War, it was occupied by the Scots Commissioners and largely demolished. A house was built in the former Great Hall in the late  18th century. The former State Chamber was restored for suffragan Bishop Edward Trollope in 1881.

Oxfordshire Drawing

Oxford - St. Mary’s Church

Wikipedia tells us that the University Church of St Mary the Virgin (St Mary's or SMV for short) is the largest of Oxford's parish churches and the centre from which the University of Oxford grew. It is situated on the north side of the High Street, and  is surrounded by university and college buildings.

The Decorated spire with its triple-gabled outer pinnacles, inner pinnacles, gargoyles and statues was added in the 1320’s. The spire, which is not shown in the sketch, is claimed by some church historians to be one of the most beautiful in England.

The main body of the church was substantially rebuilt in the Perpendicular style in the later 15th and early 16th century.

Frank’s sketch is centred on the south porch. This eccentric baroque porch was built in 1637 and was designed  by Nicholas Stone (1586/87 – 24 August 1647), master mason to Charles I. It was a gift from Dr Morgan Owen, chaplain to Archbishop Laud and is highly ornate, with spiral columns supporting a curly pediment framing a shell niche with a statue of  the Virgin and Child, underneath a gothic fan vault. The style was too close to Roman baroque for the puritans of the day and the porch itself was used as evidence in Laud's execution trial, citing its 'scandalous statue' to which one witness saw 'one  bow and another pray'. The gate piers are original and the wrought iron gates are early 18th century. The bullet holes in the statue were made by Oliver Cromwell's troops.

Source:- Wikipedia – the free encyclopaedia.

Suffolk Sketch

Cavendish – The church of St. Mary the Virgin & "The Five Bells" 1989

The church is in one of the prettiest settings in Suffolk with half-timbered, thatched cottages clustered round it. The church is mostly 14th century. In 1381 Sir John Cavendish built the chancel.  The north aisle, nave arcade and clerestory were added  in the 15th century. The nave was probably the work of Reginald Ely, designer of King's College chapel in Cambridge. It is all very high quality. The handsome exterior reflects the great wealth of the Middle Ages, derived from the wool trade, with its  impressive stair turret on the 14th century tower, rising above the battlements. The priest would have had a room in the tower with a window looking on to the high altar. He had a fireplace for which a chimney can still be seen at the top of the tower.

The Five Bells Inn was described in 1766 as "ancient and well accustomed". It is thatched and has a single bar with fine views across the village green. A local brewery supplies several of the real ales on offer. The pub has been painted different colours.  Until quite recently it was a pale yellow, today it is a traditional Suffolk pink. The colour pink was allegedly achieved by adding bulls’ blood to the paint.

Sussex Drawings

Lewes - Southover Grange 1956

The house and gardens date from the 16th century. Southover Grange was formerly known as Southover House or Southover Priory. It was built by William Newton in 1572. The Newton family occupied the Grange for almost 300 years until 1860.  In 1871, William  Laird Macgregor bought the house and made extensive alterations and additions to the building.  He rebuilt the south east portion, installed the present main staircase, extended the east wing and added a new outer hall.  He also rebuilt the stone chimney  stacks and brick shafts.  

Lewes - Anne of Cleeve’s House, Southover

This is a 15th century timber-framed Wealden hall house. It formed part of Queen Anne's annulment settlement from King Henry VIII in 1541, although she never visited the property.  It was restored by the architect Walter Godfrey. It is home to wide-ranging collections of furniture and artefacts of Sussex interest. The bedroom and kitchen are furnished to resemble their appearance at the time of Cleves's ownership.

Yorkshire Sketches

Bolton Abbey – The Abbey Church 1939

Bolton Abbey was technically a priory, despite its name. It was founded in 1154 by the Augustinian order, on the banks of the River Wharfe. The nave of the abbey church was in use as a parish church from about 1170 onwards, and survived the Dissolution  of the Monasteries. The east end remains in ruins. A tower, begun in 1520, was left half-standing, and its base was later given a bell-turret and converted into an entrance porch.

Most of the remaining church is in the Gothic style of architecture, but more work was done in the Victorian era, including windows by August Pugin. It is still a working priory today, holding services on Sundays and religious holidays.

Burnsall – The River Wharf

The original Grade II listed ashlar stone bridge was built in 1609 thanks to a gift of money from local benefactor Sir William Craven who also paid for Burnsall Grammar School. In 1752 it was described as being "a good bridge and all paved". It was restored  or possibly rebuilt in 1884 following flood damage.

It has three segmental arches with a smaller one to each side. Burnsall is a popular destination on summer weekends and the bridge carries a lot of motor traffic.

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