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Cloister Door, Kirkstall Abbey, postcard

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Cloister Door, Kirkstall Abbey, postcard
Undated. Postcard view of Kirkstall Abbey showing an ornately carved wooden door which led from the cellarium to the cloister. Though the door bears a date of 1152 it was a 19th century addtion to the Abbey. It was later removed to prevent damage.

User Comments:

Graham A. Schofield

This image begs the question:- "Was this a copy of a much earlier door, or is it something dreamt up in the mind of some well intentioned 'Victorian Worthy'? I might be wrong, but there are aspects in the design that do not seem to lend themselves to the mid -12 century. When was this door removed? But more to the point, where was it taken to? Does it still exist, and if so, where is it now?




Brenda Scott nee Johnson

As the description states that this was a 19th century addition to the Abbey I think Graham is quite correct in assuming it's not genuine. I should imagine the most obvious place to safely store it, yet have iton display to the public, would be across the road in the Abbey Museum. Anyone know?


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