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Detail of buttresses at New Abbey Parish Kirk

SC 383425

Description Detail of buttresses at New Abbey Parish Kirk

Catalogue Number SC 383425

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of F 2920/A

Scope and Content Detail of buttresses of New Abbey Parish Church, Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfermline, Fife Dunfermline Abbey was founded by David I in 1128 and completed in its original form in 1250. Numerous additions and alterations followed in the 14th and 15th centuries. Abandoned after the Reformation (1560), the abbey was ransacked for building stone. This shows the massive buttresses which were added to the nave c.1620 to strengthen and support the walls. This form of buttress is known as an arch or flying buttress, where the arch transmits the thrust of the wall to an outer support or buttress. The nave of the abbey church was used as a parish church until it was deemed too small, and William Burn designed an impressive Gothic extension which was built 1818-21. The medieval nave is now in the care of Historic Scotland. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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