ON PRINT - The Abbey Church suffered from
fire several times while it was still the
church of a great monastic establishment,
but there is no evidence, and there is no
probability, that it was burned at the reformation.
The 'blinded zeal' which was directed against
it was not the zeal of 'bigots,' but of rapacious
people, of successive generations, who made
a quarry of the gigantic ruins.
This work of destruction was stopped about
the beginning of the present century, when
the Crown, to whom the ruins of the Abbey
Church belong, took measures with a view to
their preservation. (Notes
by George Hay, 1883)