The New Gothic architectural style
was introduced to Britain in the twelfth century and is characterised
by the use of pointed arches, rib vaults,
flying buttresses and by using spacious arcades to reduce walls
to a minimum. The first completely Gothic building, the lower part
of the east end of the Cluniac abbey
of St Denis in Paris, dates from 1140-44. Roche
Abbey was one of the earliest Gothic buildings in Britain.