St John's Abbey, Colchester, Essex Giclée Art Print
High quality art print of St John's Abbey Gate in Colchester, Essex. Built in the early 15th century at the entrance to St John's Abbey, the gatehouse would outlive that which it was built to protect. Most of the abbey has been lost to time, while the gate remains standing in all its splendour. Located less than a quarter of a mile from Colchester Town station, the gate is tucked away on St John's Green, and is a treasured landmark for Colchester locals. St Botolph's Priory and St John's Street are to St John's Abbey's north, with Abbey Field to the south.
St John's Abbey has a history stretching back before the Norman Conquest, having been the site of an Anglo-Saxon church, built using Roman rubble. The Benedictine Abbey itself was established in 1096 on the orders of Eudo Dapifer. The gate was a later addition, built sometime around 1400 as a response to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, when the Abbey had been ransacked. A majestic example of English Gothic architecture, the gate is adorned with East Anglian flushwork, a decorative style using a combination of flint pebble and lime mortar.
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This Essex illustration by Tom Wisdom is a high-quality Giclée art print on cotton-rich fine art paper. For our Abbey Gate travel poster, click here.
12x16" print shown. Cropping and title position (if applicable) may differ slightly on 'A' size prints.