Drawn by the antiquarian engravers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck in 1732–3, this picture shows the abbey church fundamentally as it stands in the 21st century.
English: Netley Abbey was founded in 1239 as a house near Southampton in Hampshire, England, for monks of the austere Cistercian order. Closed in 1536 and converted to a mansion, it was abandoned and partially demolished in the 18th century. The ruins attracted the attention of artists, dramatists and poets, and inspired many works of art. Becoming a popular tourist attraction, the ruins were given to the nation; it is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, cared for by English Heritage.
Cloister comprising the south transept and the east range: entrance to the chapter house is through the centre triple arches.
Close up of the east presbytery window
East presbytery window as seen from the choir
Outside view of the east presbytery window
South transept from the south-east
Crossing and south transept from inside
South transept as seen from a window in the nave
Inside the nave, looking west
The west end of the nave, viewed from outside the ruined church
Nave as seen from the cloister
Reredorter with the latrines
Abbot's house with the church and cloister to the left
View showing the vaulted ceiling inside the Abbot's house
South range and reredorter
Cranbury Park [ edit ]
In the 1760s, sections of Netley Abbey were moved to this park and used to build a folly.
Frontal view of the folly
Godfrey's engraving of the transept (1776)
Godfrey's depiction of the abbey from the south-east (1784)
Sparrow's engraving of the church and east range (1784)
Sparrow's drawing of the vaulted hall of the reredorter (1784)
John Constable's etching (1826)
Constable's oil painting (c. 1833)
The abbey seen by moonlight in Constable's oil (c. 1833)
The Penny Magazine, illustrating the east view from the choir (1833)
Nicholson's drawing from a north-east perspective (1830s)
Hall's drawing of the west front of the church (1830s)
MacKewen's portrayal of a picnic in the chapterhouse (1840s)
MacKewen's portrayal of the nave and presbytery (1840s)
Architectural drawings [ edit ]
Plan of the abbey and its precinct at the time of the 1860 excavations.
A cross-section of the church as it may have appeared when complete.
Section of the interior of the presbytery as it may have appeared prior to the Dissolution.
Details of the east window of the abbey church
A Victorian idea of what the interior of the chapter house may have looked like when in use.
Archaeological discoveries [ edit ]
A mediaeval painted glass panel from the church showing God and the Virgin Mary.
The seal of the abbot of Netley.
Fragments of sculpture from the abbey.
Incised tomb slab of a young monk.
The official seal of Netley Abbey.
Heraldic tiles from the floor of the church.