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BEAUTIFUL AUSTERITY OF COOL GREY COLUMNS IN KIRKSTALL'S BROKEN NAVE

BEAUTIFUL AUSTERITY OF COOL GREY COLUMNS IN KIRKSTALL'S BROKEN NAVE

Only three and a half miles from Leeds, and with its peace already disturbed and its surroundings spoiled by industrialism, is one of the best-preserved Cistercian houses in existence. The great city near by has charged itself with the care of this treasure. We notice at once a more austere and less elaborate beauty about these columns, almost unadorned, and there is no triforium to give an airy lightness to the nave. We are looking to the east window, and where the aisle ends to the left was the space where the transepts met the nave under a tower which has now fallen. Henry de Lacy founded the Abbey in 1152 and the prevailing style is transitional Norman.

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