A Guide to the Abbeys of England and Wales

2nd ed. 1976

2nd ed. 1976

An illustrated guide to the Abbeys of England and Wales formed number 7 in the series (following no. 6 on Castles). The text was by R. Gilyard-Beer, formerly Assistant Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments. The first edition appeared in 1959, and the second edition in 1976 (Department of the Environment). The guide has two main section: The Monks (covering the different orders) and The Buildings (looking at the elements of monastic buildings). There are comprehensive series of plans allowing the reader to understand the architectural parts of abbeys.

He also prepared a series of guidebooks for the Ministry of Works, MPBW, and the DOE:

  • Gisborough Priory, originally Yorkshire, subsequently Redcar and Cleveland (1935)
  • (with Rose Graham) Monk Bretton Priory, Yorkshire (1955)
  • Abingdon County Hall (1956)
  • Cleeve Abbey, Somerset (1959)
  • Shap Abbey, Cumbria (1963)
  • Spofforth Castle, Yorkshire (1965)
  • Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire (1970)
  • Creake Abbey, Norfolk (1970)
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  1. […] The guidebook was prepared by R. Gilyard-Beer in 1959, though this was formalised in 1960. This included not only a history and description of the abbey but also an architectural history. Two fold-out plans of the abbey appear inside the back cover. The guide was reissued by English Heritage and a second edition in 1990. Gilyard-Beer had earlier written guidebooks to Gisborough Abbey and Monk Bretton Priory, both in Yorkshire, as well as the Ministry’s handbook to Abbeys. […]

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