[ Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire. ] Manuscript 'Ground plan of Fountains Abbey', with key including 'The Church & parts thereto belonging'.

[ Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire ]
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Dated 'Harrogate Octber 1839'.
SKU: 18858

4to bifolium (on two 19.5 x 22.5 cm leaves). The 'Ground plan' is neatly drawn on the reverse of the first leaf, and the two-page key is on both sides of the second leaf, lettered A to Z, and headed 'A. B. C. D. E. F. G. The Church & parts thereto belonging'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Entries among the keys include 'I. Places groined over with stone one of which is supposed to have been the infirmary', 'K. Arches under which the River Skell runs' and 'S. Cloisters groined with stone the pillars whereof were painted - Over these was the Dormitory. Note: Since William Railton was working at nearby Ripon at this time, I specualted that he'd done this p[lan, but I've been unable to confirm this in the absence of Railton MS material. All that survives appear to be signatures in a seductively similar hand, and faded membeship forms at RIBA>