(active 1160s in Yorkshire)

General view

Cistercian abbey church, Roche

The Cistercians played an important role in the adoption of French ideas in England, as was the case in other European countries, too. Almost all their buildings in England survive only as ruins. The abbey church of Roche closely follows the patterns of northern France, above all that of Picardy. The pointed arch dominates, and the piers are composed of keel-shaped, sharp-edged shafts, some of which climb right up to the springing of the vault in the clerestory.

The photo shows the ruins of the transept and choir from west.

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