A Handbook of Folkestone for Visitors

A Handbook of Folkestone for Visitors

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ... of an earlier date. Men of noble names were buried within its precincts, among whom are Bertram de Criol, the great baron of Kent, and many members of the Malmains, Poynings, and Everings (or Averanches) families, and it appears to have occasionally been made the residence of some of our kings when they visited Dover. That the abbey was of considerable extent may be seen from the numerous portions of walls, ramparts, and ditches, that are still to be traced in the surrounding meadows; in the midst of which stands--although sorely shattered by age and the pilfering hands of ignorant economy--the massive gateway tower, round which the real old English ivy trails its friendly stems, and covers up the wounds of time and destruction with its ever verdant mantle of green leaves. The chapel and adjoining apartments are now converted into the homestead of the farm, and in their semi-ruinous state, with the elegant chequers of black flints and Caen stone adorning their walls in patches, and the turfs of grasses and wild flowers springing out of every crack and cranny, and mingling with the dark masses of ivy, form a natural picture, in which the fine old porch is a prominent and attractive object. The monks were of the Preemonstratensian order; and it is said, that at the beginning of the sixteenth century, the abbey was greatly dilapidated through the licentious excesses of the abbot; but when Leland visited it shortly before its dissolution he describes "the quire of the church as large and fayr;" and adds--"The monastre ys at this time metely mayntayned, but it appereth that yn times past the buildings have been ther more ample than they be now." The smoke of the incense no longer ascends in fragrant clouds before the high altar, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236604350
  • 9781236604354