Rambles by the Ribble by William DobsonRambles by the Ribble by William Dobson

Rambles by the Ribble

byWilliam Dobson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ... Chapter III. WHALLEY ABBEY. A very short walk from Whalley Church brought us to a fineavenue of limes leading to the ruins of the abbey. In these lofty trees a colony of rooks has settled, and had I been a believer in the ancient doctrine of transmigration of souls, I could easily have imagined that these birds were animated by the spirits of some of the old monks, who had stationed themselves near their ancient home, and in their ceaseless cawing were daily and hourly denouncing the spoliators of the sacred pile. Entering beneath the ancient north-eastern gateway, which is still in good preservation, appearing as if only wanting the statue of the Virgin (the patron of the fane, as she was of all Cistercian abbeys), which once occupied the niche over the doorway, we were soon in the court-yard, where are a number of noble chesnut trees, which were then full of bloom, and exceedingly pretty they looked. We were directly in front of the abbot's lodgings, or rather the Bite of them, for the house so long the residence of the Asshetons, has been so much altered as to give little idea of what it was when it was the home of the old abbots. We next leisurely walked through the ruins, and successively saw the remains of the chapter house, the vestry, the kitchens, the refectory, the cloister quadrangle, the dormitory, &c., the walls of most of which are to a considerable extent standing, and, for the rest, they could be easily traced by any one conversant with monastic remains, and especially with a knowledge of Dr. Whitaker's plan of the old abbey, as prepared by him after an exploration of the ground and his tracing the foundations of the sacred buildings. When walking within the sacred enclosure one could not but feel with old Dr. Webster: "I...
Title:Rambles by the RibbleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:158 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.34 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217746594

ISBN - 13:9780217746595