Why Was Hyde Abbey Obliterated?

28 Oct 2018, 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Location: Hyde Parish Hall

This is  a free lecture; please book your place in advance.

Professor Emma Clery of Southampton University discusses how late 18th century England became fascinated by the mystique of the monastery. The ruins of Tintern Abbey on the River Wye and Netley Abbey near Southampton inspired poems and paintings and became magnets for tourists in search of the picturesque. Yet there was still some hostility towards reminders of the Catholic past, and the remains of Hyde Abbey were swept away to make way for the County Bridewell, apparently without protest. This talk traces the clash of ideas about monastic buildings from the Gothic craze and the satires of Jane Austen to Catholic revivalism and the radical writings of William Cobbett.

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