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When Henry III died in 1272 the building of the Gothic Abbey was not complete and part of the Norman nave remained attached to the new work. It was begun in 1376 by Abbot Nicholas Litlyngton, who financed the work with money left by his predecessor Cardinal Simon Langham.

The master mason was the great Henry Yevele, who followed closely the earlier Gothic style of architecture.

In an effort to bring factual information to the viewers of this website, I am including here only the undisputed history as accepted by most scholars.

I am also limiting the scope of this history to only the more significant events.

Richard II and Henry V later provided finance to continue the building but it was not finished until 1517, when the west window was glazed.

An extreme example is provided by King William's grants of more than 500 different manors to his half-brother Odo Bishop of Bayeux.

The process therefore also enabled the grantees to reward their own retainers with sub-grants of land, which led to a second wave of Norman immigrants who had not taken part in the conquest but who were subsequently rewarded for their loyalty during the absence of their masters at war in England.

This also happens to coincide with the approximate date determined by the 1988 carbon dating of the cloth.

Although there is a significant amount of evidence supporting the Shroud's existence prior to the mid 1300's, much of it is, in fact, "circumstantial" and remains mostly unproven.