A historic map of Hailes Abbey in the Cotswolds has been
discovered showing many previously unknown features.
The Elizabethan map, dating back to about 1587, was found at the
National Archives at Kew in London.
It was drawn by Ralph Treswell, a renowned surveyor and
cartographer, who was among the first in England to produce scaled
plans of estates.
The document shows evidence of a twelfth century church, a water
mill and visitor or pilgrims' accommodation.
It also reveals the abbey drew water, not just from the nearby
lake as previously thought, but from a spring in the lower Cotswold
hill-slope which collected water and directed it to the abbey
through a lead pipe.
Experts said the rare find revealed for the first time a clear
picture of what the site looked like shortly after the dissolution
of the monasteries.