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Vorkshire Archæological Journal
NOTES ON YORKSHIRE CHURCHES.
By the late SIR STEPHEN, GLYNNE, Bart.
(CONTINUED FROM P. 433, VOL. XII.)
August 11th, 1827. Made an excursion from Escrick to visit some of the beauties of the North and East Ridings.
Passed through York and took the road to Scarborough. The country from York as far as Whitwell (12 miles) is not very interesting, but at Whitwell it begins to improve and is more woody.
At Whitwell we walked about three-quarters of a mile to the right of the road, to visit the ruins of Kirkham Abbey, which are situated in a beautiful valley, close to the river Derwent; the hills on either side are covered with wood, and the vale watered by the rapid and clear river has a pleasing and retired appearance. There are many fragments of walls, &c., remaining, but so much shattered and so imperfect that it is impossible to trace the original plan of the Abbey. The principal feature and the most perfect of the remains is a very beautiful gateway of curvilinear character. The arch is of horse-shoe character and the mouldings plain, but it has a crocketed triangular canopy. In the upper story are two very beautiful small curvilinear windows of two lights, with very rich tracery-there has been considerable enrichment in this gateway. The remnants of the Abbey buildings are very imperfect, and scattered wide of each other; they are mostly of Early Gothic character, but there is one Norman doorway. The buildings seem to have been formerly of considerable extent. There is some Early Gothic groining