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ANEXCURSIONFROMTHE GLASGOW ROAD:THE LAST TOWER OF SHAP,WESTMORLAND'S ONLY ABBEY

ANEXCURSIONFROMTHE GLASGOW ROAD:THE LAST TOWER OF SHAP,WESTMORLAND'S ONLY ABBEY

Save for the west tower of the church, there is little but the lines of the walls left of Shap Abbey. It lies in a valley, a mile to the left of the road as we go north. It was founded about the year 1100 by Thomas Gospatrick at Preston Patrick, but removed to this site. The abbey church was begun in the early thirteenth century An eighteenth century view of it shows this tower with a doorway and above it a window of five lights. Remains of tracery which divided these lights can be made out at the top of the arch. But the masonry from the window downwards has been removed at some time since to make the space correspond with the arch on the other side. The ground level is, of course, considerably below that of the adjoining road.

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