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Abbey Ruins

A Grade I Listed Building in East Witton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2672 / 54°16'1"N

Longitude: -1.7378 / 1°44'15"W

OS Eastings: 417176

OS Northings: 485753

OS Grid: SE171857

Mapcode National: GBR JM93.K3

Mapcode Global: WHC75.80QK

Entry Name: Abbey Ruins

Listing Date: 15 February 1967

Last Amended: 25 June 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1130961

English Heritage Legacy ID: 321616

Location: East Witton, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, HG4

County: North Yorkshire

District: Richmondshire

Civil Parish: East Witton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

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Listing Text


4/37 Abbey Ruins
15.2.67 (formerly listed as
Jervaulx Abbey ruins
GV under General)


Ruins of Cistercian house moved to this site in 1156. Early English.
Sandstone ashlar. Church of nave, transepts and choir, with cloister on
south side of nave, flanked by chapter house to east, kitchen and dorter to
south. Footings of church stand up to about 1 metre high, showing an aisled
nave, transepts with eastern aisles anad short choir with lady chapel. Pier
bases octofoiled with keels. Lady Chapel, now containing stone coffins.
In the north transept a complete stone altar, and part in the south
transept. At the crossing a mutilated stone effigy of c1280, probably of
Ralph Fitz-Henry. Several medieval grave covers in the nave. To the south
of the church, the outline of the cloister. On its eastern side, with
2 round-headed windows, the chapter house, rectangular in plan, the walls
standing approximately 2 metres high, containing a stone bench on inside.
The vault rested on 6 surviving, though at time of resurvey recently
vandalized, monolithic octagonal marble columns with crocket capitals. To
the south, the square meat-kitchen walls standing to their full height, with
2 vast fireplaces. West of this, the monks' dormitory, its west wall
standing in its full length to its full height, with 9 lancet windows at
first floor level. Parts of other builings also, and innumerable
architectural fragments all over the site. VCH i, p 280ff. Scheduled as an
Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: SE1718385742

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