Arbroath Abbey Sacristy


Arbroath Abbey is a testament to the integration of piety and politics by Scotland’s medieval monarchs. It was founded in 1178 by King William I ‘the Lion’, ostensibly as a memorial to his childhood friend Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in 1170. It also helped him to expand his authority in the north-east of Scotland, and to demonstrate his right to rule. William invited the Tironensian monks from Kelso Abbey, near the English border, to establish the monastery. When he died in 1214, his body was buried before the high altar. Traditionally, Scottish monarchs had been laid to rest at the royal mausoleum at Dunfermline Abbey. The legacy of William’s efforts is an outstandingly beautiful building. It has suffered much damage, but remains an important symbol and landmark.
Measurement Team: 
Nick Green
Aileen Brown
Francis Green
Capture Date: 
Sun, 16/03/2014
Source Sound: 
Balloon pop
Source Sound Category: 
Balloon Pop
Balloon Pop
Alesis Palmtrack Portable recorder
Space Category: 
Generation Type: 
Real World


Demonstration Impulse Response: 


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Acoustic Parameters

Octave Band
31.25 Hz62.5 Hz125 Hz250 Hz500 Hz1 kHz2 kHz4 kHz8 kHz16 kHz

Reverberation Time RT60 T30 (seconds)

Early Decay Time EDT (seconds)

Definition D50

Clarity C50 (dB)

Clarity C80 (dB)

Example Audio

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Impulse Responses

Stereo (Stereo Files)

Sample Rate: 48 kHz
Number of Channels: 2
Bits per Sample: 24
Duration: 8 s
File Size: 2.2 MB
File Format: wav
Source Sound: Balloon pop
Microphone: Alesis Palmtrack portable stereo PCM recorder
Source Location: One third in from south wall
Microphone Location: One third in from north wall
Source Receiver Distance (m): 3 m
Source Height: 1.5 m
Receiver Height: 1.5 m
Temperature: 13 °C


Photographs and Diagrams: 
Arbroath Abbey Sacristy
Arbroath Abbey Sacristy
Arbroath Abbey internal view of Sacristy vaulted ceiling


Arbroath Abbey Arbroath, ANS DD11 1EG
United Kingdom
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Attribute this work to:
Nick Green