Stratford Langthorne Abbey West Ham antique print

£20.00

Stratford Langthorne Abbey, West Ham,  Essex, antique print. A Cistercian abbey, since demolished, in what is now the London Borough of Newham. Published in ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales,’ dated in the plate 25th. August, 1784. Paper size approx. 10.75 x 7 inches. Excellent condition with nice margins. Price shown is ex VAT.

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Stratford Langthorne Abbey West Ham antique print. Original copper-plate engraving by Francis Grose. Published in ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales,’ dated in the plate 1784.

Stratford Langthorne Abbey, or the Abbey of St Mary’s, Stratford Langthorne was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1135 at Stratford Langthorne — then Essex but now Stratford in the London Borough of Newham. The Abbey, also known as West Ham Abbey as it lay in that parish, was one of the largest Cistercian abbeys in England, possessing 1,500 acres (6.07 km2) of local land, controlling over 20 manors throughout Essex. The Abbey was self-sufficient for its needs and wealthy besides; some of this wealth came from the ecclesiastic mills grinding wheat for local bakers to supply bread to the City of London.

This original print is from: ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales’ by Francis Grose. Eight volumes published from 1772. Printed in London for Hooper and Wigstead. Artists and engravers names are recorded below each antique print, together with the date of the engravings execution.  Francis Grose’s interest was in the field of medieval remains, which were beginning to exercise an increasing grip on the public imagination. In 1772, he published the first part of ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales,’ a work which he unashamedly aimed at the popular market. Essentially, it targeted those who wanted to know about antiquities but had neither time nor means to visit them in person, and contained small panoramas of medieval ruins, together with an informative text on a separate page. Sometimes the text was taken from books already published, or from information supplied by other antiquaries (both acknowledged); sometimes Grose collated material himself from which he could work up an article. From 1772 onwards, he also toured the country to visit and draw sites for inclusion in The Antiquities. In all, Eight Volumes of the work were published. Thank you to Wikipedia for supplying links and some of the above text.

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