Photographer's Note

Jedburgh Abbey's remarkably complete Romanesque and early Gothic buildings have a tranquil stillness which belies their turbulent history.

The Abbey's grand design was inspired by Europe's magnificent churches, and was founded in 1138 by David I. For the abbey's community of Augustinian canons, its location frequently landed them amid conflict. When Anglo-Scottish relations deteriorated after 1296, Jedburgh became a frontline target for English armies. The Reformation heralded the abbey's final decline. Despite this, it was used as the local church up to 1875, after which it became disused.

The Cloister Garden
Through the middle ages, religious houses led the way in nurturing garden plants for eating and medicinal use. The present cloister garden was planted in 1986 and is designed to show a typical Scottish monastery garden of about 1500. The courtyard garden echoes the extent of the first cloister laid out in the early >a href="/articles/12th-century.asp">12th century. A juniper centrepiece is surrounded by beds of plants from early times and a further range of pot herbs and medicinal herbs, together with "plants for a purpose" are planted nearby.

The visitor centre contains 8th century carvings and artefacts excavated from the abbey grounds. Visitors can also enjoy the interactive play area within the carved stone display.

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Additional Photos by marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 66 N: 609] (2024)
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