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Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire: the scarlet and red ceiling with gilded bosses and a ring of shining suns over the choir

RIBA Ref No RIBA9636
Artist/PhotographerHarris, Fred C.
CountryUK: England
CityTewkesbury
Subject Date1345
Image Date1984
ViewInterior
StyleGothic
Medium35mm Transparency
Library ReferenceSCGB9830
OrientationLandscape
Colour InfoColour
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectVaulting ; Decorative stonework ; Colour ; Abbeys ; Ceilings
NOTES: Construction on the Abbey, officially known as Church of St Mary the Virgin in Tewkesbury, began in 1090. It was consecrated in 1121 and completed by 1150. The shining suns were the emblem of the Yorkists and are said to have been added by Edward IV after the defeat of the Lancastrians at Tewkesbury in 1471, the last important battle of the Wars of the Roses.
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