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John De Cantia
(Died 1246)

Abbot of Fountains
Died: 1246


A Kentish man, raised to the office of Abbot of Fountains, from that of cellarer, on account of his active vigour and his regular well-ordered life. During the long period of his Abbacy, he was enabled to complete the buildings of the monastery, excepting the tower of the church. He built the east cross aisle, ornamented it with marble pillars and instituted therein the nine altars, the cloisters and the dormitories above, the infirmary, the house for the administration of alms to the poor and laid down the tiled pavements. He was buried in the Chapter House at Fountains.

Edited from Frederick Ross' "The Ruined Abbeys of Britain".

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