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Buckfast Abbey forms part of an active Benedictine monastery at Buckfast, near Buckfastleigh, Devon. Buckfast has been home to an abbey since 1018. The first Benedictine abbey was followed by a Savignac (later Cistercian) abbey constructed on the site of the current abbey in 1134. The monastery was surrendered for dissolution in 1539, with the monastic buildings stripped and left as ruins, before being finally demolished. The former abbey site was used as a quarry, and later became home to a Gothic mansion house.


In 1882 the site was purchased by a group of French Benedictine monks, who refounded a monastery on the site, dedicated to Saint Mary. New monastic buildings and a temporary church were constructed incorporating the existing Gothic house. Work on a new abbey church, which was constructed mostly on the footprint of the former Cistercian abbey, started in 1907. The church was consecrated in 1932 but not completed until 1938.


Buckfast was formally reinstated as an Abbey in 1902, and the first abbot of the new institution, Boniface Natter, was blessed in 1903. The abbey continues to operate as a Benedictine foundation today.



It was founded as a Savigniac abbey in January 1135 and was absorbed by the Cistercian order in 1147. It wasn't an easy start for the community who had had to move five times before settling at New Byland, near Coxwold in 1177. In 1290 a large round silver disc was seen hovering over the abbey.

It was described in the late 14th century as "one of the three shining lights of the north". Its financial success was not as great as that of places like Rievaulx, but it was famed for its sheep rearing and wool exports. Its church was said to be among the finest 12th-century churches in Europe.

It was dissolved on 30 November 1538.


Lacock Abbey is a building that isn’t quite what it seems. It offers you something different on your day out.


Explore this fascinating building, from the ground floor medieval cloisters to the first floor family rooms.


Lacock Abbey is packed with history. It started as an abbey and nunnery, then turned into a Tudor family home. The last owners were the Talbots, a caring close-knit family that loved their home in Lacock. You might know it as the birthplace of photography.


Step into the atmospheric medieval cloisters and walk back in time. Imagine how the nuns would have spent their days here 800 years ago and pick up one of our new information maps to learn about Lacock Abbey’s monastic past.


The Chapter House is entered through a triple archway and was the place of business for the abbey. The current tile flooring is 19th century. A passageway once led to the infirmary. The Chapter House featured in a Harry Potter film.


Stroll through the medieval corridors to discover the old cloister rooms and interesting architectural details. Keep a look out for mason’s marks and imagine yourself a wizard of Hogwarts – two of the Harry Potter movies were filmed here.

A New Year's Eve walkabout with a fisheye lens in the melting snow around Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire.


This is a single shot HDR converting the same image into 3 x TIFF files of -3, 0 and +2 exposure, then processed through Photomatix

I wanted to use this photo for Christmas greetings, but a lack of time made me miss the date. So I hope you had a merry Christmas ! And I'll try too be here in time for the New Year.

Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine abbey overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. It was disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the auspices of Henry VIII. It is a Grade I Listed building in the care of English Heritage and its site museum is housed in Cholmley House.


The first monastery was founded in 657 AD by the Anglo-Saxon era King of Northumbria, Oswy (Oswiu) as Streoneshalh (the older name for Whitby). He appointed Lady Hilda, abbess of Hartlepool Abbey and grand-niece of Edwin the first Christian king of Northumbria, as founding abbess. The name Streoneshalh is thought to signify Fort Bay or Tower Bay in reference to a supposed Roman settlement that previously existed on the site. This contention has never been proven though and alternative theories have been proposed, such as the name meaning Streona's settlement. Some believe that the name referred to Eadric Streona, but this is highly unlikely for chronological reasons: Streona died in 1017 so the naming of Streoneshalh would have preceded his birth by several hundred years.


The double monastery of Celtic monks and nuns was home (614–680), to the great Northumbrian poet Cædmon.


In 664 the Synod of Whitby - at which King Oswiu ruled that the Northumbrian church would adopt the Roman calculation of Easter and monastic tonsure - took place at the abbey.

Streoneshalch was laid waste by Danes in successive raids between 867 and 870 under Ingwar and Ubba and remained desolate for more than 200 years.


The existence of 'Prestebi', meaning the habitation of priests in Old Norse, at the Domesday Survey may point to the revival of religious life since Danish times. The old monastery given to Reinfrid comprised about 40 ruined monasteria vel oratoria similar to Irish monastic ruins with numerous chapels and cells.


Reinfrid, a soldier of William the Conqueror, became a monk and travelled to Streoneshalh, which was then known as Prestebi or Hwitebi (the "white settlement" in Old Norse). He approached William de Percy who gave him the ruined monastery of St. Peter with two carucates of land, to found a new monastery. Serlo de Percy, the founder's brother, joined Reinfrid at the new monastery which followed the Benedictine rule.


The second monastery lasted until it was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1540 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Though the abbey fell into ruin, it remained a prominent landmark for sailors and helped inspire Bram Stoker's Dracula. The ruins are now owned and maintained by English Heritage.


In December 1914, Whitby Abbey was shelled by German battlecruisers Von der Tann and Derfflinger who were aiming for the Coastguard Station on the end of the headland. Scarborough and Hartlepool were also attacked. The Abbey sustained considerable damage during the ten-minute attack. The BBC included before and after photographs as part of the First World War centenary.


Whitby Abbey at sunset

Whitby Abbey was rendered famous in fiction by Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, as Dracula there came ashore as a creature resembling a large dog and proceeded to climb the 199 steps which lead up to the ruins.


The figure to the right of the Abbey is Dracula (well a thespian playing Dracula)

The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is an Anglican parish church and a former Benedictine monastery in Bath, Somerset.


Three different churches have occupied the site of today’s Abbey since 757 AD. First, an Anglo-Saxon monastery which was pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England; then a massive Norman cathedral which was begun about 1090 but lay in ruins by late 15th century; and finally, the present Abbey Church as we now know it.


After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by order of King Henry VIII, the Abbey lay in ruins for more than 70 years. It wasn’t until 1616, that much of the building we see today was repaired and in use as a parish church and over two hundred years later, in the 1830s, that local architect George Manners added new pinnacles and flying buttresses to the exterior and inside. There was then a major restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1860s and 1870s.


Simon Jenkins regards this as one of England's Thousand Best Churches.


Stoneleigh Abbey is a large country mansion situated to the southwest of the village of Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England.


The Abbey was founded by the Cistercians in 1154. but very little trace remains of the original Abbey buildings except for the 14th century Gatehouse.


After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the estate was acquired by Sir Thomas Leigh, Lord Mayor of London in 1558, and a house was built ( which now forms the north and west wings of the present house) on the site of the monastic buildings. It was the home of the Leigh family from 1561 to 1990.


Between 1714 and 1726 a new palatial four story fifteen bay west wing was built to designs by architect Francis Smith of Warwick and provides an impressive range of State apartments.


The adjacent stables and riding school block and the conservatory are separately listed as Grade II*.


In 1996 Lord Leigh transferred the ownership of Stoneleigh Abbey and its 690-acre grounds to a charitable trust, and then between 1996 and 2000 it was extensively renovated with the help of grants including a £7.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and additional grants of more than £3 million from English Heritage fund and the European Union. The upstairs floors were converted into private apartments.


Saint Benedict Abbey, in an Abbey in Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, Quebec, Canada, and was founded in 1912 by the exiled (Fontenelle Abbey) of St. Wandrille, France under Abbot Dom Joseph Pothier, liturgist and scholar who reconstituted the Gregorian chant. Father Paul Bellot, was the architect 1939-41.

The new priory later became independent within the Solesmes Congregation.

Today it numbers a little more than fifty monks living under the Rule of Saint Benedict. Separated from the world, they seek God in the celebration of the liturgy of the Church, in private prayer nourished by meditation of the Bible and in manual as well as intellectual work. They form a community under the direction of an Abbot.

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Jedburgh Abbey, a ruined Augustinian abbey which was founded in the 12th century, is situated in the town of Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders 10 miles (16 km) north of the border with England at Carter Bar. Jedburgh is the largest town on the A68 between Newcastle upon Tyne and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.




Towards the middle of the 9th century, when the area around Jedburgh was part of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria, there were two Gedworths (as Jedburgh was then known). One of them became the Jedburgh we know now, the other was four miles to the south. According to Symeon of Durham, Ecgred, bishop of Lindisfarne from 830AD to 845AD, gifted the two villages of the same name to the See of Lindisfarne. The southerly Gedworth was the place of Ecgred's church, the first church in the parish. The present town was distinguished from the long disappeared south village by UBI CASTELLUM EST meaning, 'where the castle is'.[3] The only solid evidence of Ecgred's church came from Symeon of Durham when he described the burial, at the church of Geddewerde, of Eadulf, one of the assassins of William Walcher, Bishop of Durham.


In 1118, prior to his ascension to the Scottish throne, Prince David established a foundation of canons regular of the order of St. Augustine at, what is now Jedburgh. The foundation appeared to have the status of 'priory' in the early years and a man by the name of Daniel was described as the Prior of Geddwrda in 1139. The church was later raised to the status of monastery before becoming in the years prior to King David's death in 1153 probably in 1147, a fully fledged abbey and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It has to be mentioned that over the years, Jedburgh has been described by 83 different names or spellings.


After the death of King David I of Scotland, the patronage and privileges of the abbey were accorded to his grandsons Malcolm IV of Scotland and William I of Scotland also known as William the Lion. The King's son, Henry, had preceded his father in death. The nave and the choir were built in the 13th century and were in place by the time Alexander III of Scotland married Yolande, daughter of the Compte de Dreux in 1285 at the church. The great abbey was said to contain the finery of the best of Norman and early English Architecture. The Abbey Church of St. Mary of Jedeworth was growing in stature and importance and the abbot was even invited to attend Scottish Parliaments. As well as the lands and chapels in southern Scotland, Jedburgh Abbey owned great lands in Northumberland. In 1296, the Abbot of Jedburgh swore fealty to Edward I of England at Berwick-on-Tweed. Edward intended to rule the abbey and presented William de Jarum as the new Abbot of Jedburgh in 1296. After the defeat of the Earl of Surrey in 1297 at Stirling at the hands of William Wallace, the abbey was pillaged and wrecked by the English as retribution. Robert I of Scotland (The Bruce) continued to patronise the church during his reign in the early 14th century. In 1346, after the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Neville's Cross, the English once again slighted the church. Later that century, in 1370, David II of Scotland was instrumental in the completion of the north transept we can still see today. The abbey faced more torture and destruction in 1410,1416 and by the Earl of Warwick in 1464. In 1523, the town and abbey were set ablaze by the Earl of Surrey. The abbey faced more indignity in 1544 at the hands of the Earl of Hertford. The end came for the great Abbey of St. Mary of Jedburgh in 1560 and the coming of the Scottish Reformation.

Jedburgh Grammar School was founded by the monks of Jedburgh Abbey in the late 15th. Century.


The Reformation and beyond


When the Protestant Reformation arrived in 1560, the monks were allowed to stay but the abbey was used as the parish kirk for the reformed religion. In 1671 the church was removed to the western part of the nave for safety reasons. This situation persisted until, in 1871, it was considered unsafe to continue worship at the abbey church and a new parish church was built. The Marquis of Lothian immediately started work on the restoration of the great church but in 1917 the church dedicated to St. Mary nearly 800 years earlier was handed over to the state and is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

First upload from an impromptu light painting collaboration at Tupholme Abbey in Lincolnshire.


Shot in one photographic exposure using a newly acquired torch (very bright) and a home made RGB LED color changing light tool. It's also the first time out in the dark with my new 16-85 lens, very impressed!

The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, commonly known as Bath Abbey, is an Anglican parish church and a former Benedictine monastery in Bath, Somerset.


Three different churches have occupied the site of today’s Abbey since 757 AD. First, an Anglo-Saxon monastery which was pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England; then a massive Norman cathedral which was begun about 1090 but lay in ruins by late 15th century; and finally, the present Abbey Church as we now know it.


After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by order of King Henry VIII, the Abbey lay in ruins for more than 70 years. It wasn’t until 1616, that much of the building we see today was repaired and in use as a parish church and over two hundred years later, in the 1830s, that local architect George Manners added new pinnacles and flying buttresses to the exterior and inside, built a new organ on a screen over the crossing, more galleries over the choir and installed extra seating.


The interior of the Abbey as we know it is largely the work of Sir George Gilbert Scott, who from 1864 to 1874 completely transformed the inside of the Abbey to conform with his vision of Victorian Gothic architecture. His most significant contribution must surely be the replacement of the ancient wooden ceiling over the nave with the spectacular stone fan vaulting we see today.




Built in 1133, Missenden Abbey remained a religious house for nearly 400 years. In 1536 the Abbey and its grounds were sold to new owners. Missenden Abbey then became a country mansion residence for a succession of families until 1946, when it was sold to Buckinghamshire County Council for use as an adult learning facility.


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New Deer Abbey, Aberdeenshire. Beautiful location.

The ruins of Abbey of Bury St Edmunds was once among the richest Benedictine monasteries in England, until the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. The ruins are owned by English Heritage and managed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, East Anglia, England.


When, in the early 10th century, the relics of the martyred king, St Edmund, were translated from Hoxne to Beodricsworth, afterwards known as St. Edmundsbury, the site had already been in religious use for nearly three centuries. To the small household of Benedictine monks who guarded the shrine the surrounding lands were granted in 1020, during the reign of Canute. Monks were introduced from St Benet's Abbey under the auspices of the Bishop of Elmham and Dunwich. Two of them became Bury's first two abbots, Ufi, prior of Holme, (d. 1044), who was consecrated abbot by the Bishop of London, and Leofstan (1044–65). After Leofstan's death, the king appointed his physician Baldwin to the abbacy (1065–97). Baldwin rebuilt the church and reinterred St Edmund's body there with great ceremony in 1095. The cult made the richly endowed abbey a popular destination for pilgrimages.


The abbey church of St Edmund was built in the 11th and 12th centuries on a cruciform plan, with its head (or apse) pointed east. The shrine of St Edmund stood behind the high altar. The abbey was much enlarged and rebuilt during the 12th century. At some 505 feet long, and spanning 246 ft across its westerly transept, Bury St Edmunds abbey church was one of the largest in the country. It is now ruined, with only some rubble cores remaining, but two other separate churches which were built within the abbey precinct survive, having always functioned as parish churches for the town. St James's Church, now St Edmundsbury Cathedral, was finished around 1135. St Mary's Church was first built around 1125, and then rebuilt in the Perpendicular style between 1425-35.


In 1327, it was destroyed during the Great Riot by the local people, who were angry at the power of the monastery, and it had to be rebuilt. Norman Gate dates from 1120–48 and was designed to be the gateway for the Abbey Church and it is still the belfry for the Church of St James, the present cathedral of Bury St Edmunds. This four-storey gate-hall is virtually unchanged and is entered through a single archway. Abbey Gate is an impressive 14th century stone gatehouse, designed to be the gateway for the Great Courtyard. One of the best surviving examples of its type, this two storey gate-hall is entered through a single archway which retains its portcullis. The Crankles was the name of the fishpond near the river Lark. The vineyard was first laid out in the 13th century. There were three breweries in the Abbey as each monk was entitled to eight pints a day.


The Abbey's charters granted extensive lands and rights in Suffolk. By 1327, the Abbey owned all of West Suffolk. The Abbey held the gates of Bury St Edmunds; they held wardships of all orphans, whose income went to the Abbot until the orphan reached maturity; they pressed their rights of corvée. In the late 12th century, the Abbot Adam Samson forced the Dean Herbert to destroy the new windmill he had built without permission. Adam said: "By the face of God! I will never eat bread until that building is destroyed!"


The town of Bury St Edmunds was designed by the monks in a grid pattern. The monks charged tariffs on every economic activity, including the collecting of horse droppings in the streets. The Abbey even ran the Royal Mint. During the 13th century general prosperity blunted the resistance of burghers and peasants; in the 14th century, however, the monks encountered hostility from the local populace. Throughout 1327, the monastery suffered extensively, as several monks lost their lives in riots, and many buildings were destroyed. The townspeople attacked in January, forcing a charter of liberties on them. When the monks reneged on this they attacked again in February and May. The hated charters and debtors' accounts were seized and triumphantly torn to shreds.


A reprieve came on September 29 when Queen Isabella arrived at the Abbey with an army from Hainault. She had returned from the continent with the intention of Deposing her husband, King Edward II. She stayed at the Abbey a number of days with her son the future Edward III.


On October 18, 1327, a group of monks entered the local parish church. They threw off their habits, they were armoured underneath, and took several hostages. The people called for the hostages' release, the monks fired on them, killing some. In response, the citizens swore to fight the abbey to the death. They included a parson and 28 chaplains. They burnt the gates and captured the abbey.

In 1345, a special commission found that the monks did not wear habits or live in the monastery. Already faced with considerable financial strain, the abbey went further into decline during the first half of the 15th century. In 1431 the west tower of the abbey church collapsed. Two years later Henry VI moved into residence at the abbey for Christmas, and was still enjoying monastic hospitality four months later. More trouble arose in 1446 when the Duke of Gloucester died in suspicious circumstances after his arrest, and in 1465 the entire church was burnt out by an accidental fire. Largely rebuilt by 1506, the abbey of Bury St Edmunds settled into a quieter existence until dissolution in 1539. Subsequently stripped of all valuable building materials and artefacts, the abbey ruins were left as a convenient quarry for local builders.


Well its almost time to set sail into another year. Two big events for me in 2014 in January I will be 60 (not so good) but in April I retire from work (Very good)




The image is of Whitby Harbour you can also see the Abbey on top of the cliffs


See you all next Year



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The now ruined St Mary's Abbey was originally founded as the minster of St Olave at Galmanho before 1055, but had been re-established by 1068 as a Benedictine monastery as part of an exchange of land between the Archbishop of York and monk Stephen of Whitby. Following a visit by William Rufus circa 1086-9, the church was found to be too small for the brethren and William granted land adjacent to the church to expand the abbey. A new church was built and rededicated to St Mary. It was the first monastic establishment founded in Yorkshire after the Conquest and became one of the wealthiest abbeys of the order. The monastery also had a mitred Abbot who sat in the House of Lords. In 1539 the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII and acquired by the Crown for the northern headquarters of the King's Council.


The chief portions remaining are the late 13th century north aisle with arcading and traceried windows, the adjoining west wall and doorway, most of the 13th century precinct wall, towers and gatehouse.

this abbey was a part of a Cistercian monastery

built in 1132 - the buildings were destroyed and reconstruct

several times - a new abbey was built in 1926 -

Orval Abbey - Province of Luxembourg - Belgium -

( best viewed on black )


Abbaye Notre-Dame d' Orval -

dans les vestiges de l'ancien monastère construit en 1132 -

les bâtiments ont étés détruits et reconstruits plusieurs fois -

une nouvelle abbaye sera érigée en 1926 -

en Belgique dans la province du Luxembourg.


The Cloisters at Lacock Abbey, as seen in all the 10mm wonder. I do not regret buying this lens!


I have a list people, and I am working through it! Should keep me busy for a few weeks...


Lacock, Wiltshire.

Nikon D40 & Sigma 10-20mm.



''....3 am.... there was a full bright moon with heavy black clouds, which threw the whole scene into a fleeting diorama of light and shade as they sailed accross. For a moment or two I could see nothing, as the shadow of a cloud obscured St Mary's church and all around it. Then as the cloud passed I could see the ruins of the abbey coming into view; and as the edge of a narrow band of light as sharp as a sword-cut moved along, the church and the churchyard became gradually visible'' From Dracula by Bram Stoker, Chapter 7.


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This is a retouch of one of my holiday snaps. OK, maybe I got a bit carried away...


We recently visited Whitby Abbey, the place that inspired Bram Stoker to create Dracula and a mecca for folk of a Gothic persuasion.


I was expecting to be haunted by the atmosphere of the place but unfortunately a combination of (other) tourists, drizzle, an exhorbitant entrance fee and a shiny new visitor centre combined to dampen any other-worldly feelings.


Anyway, this is how I'd hoped it was going to be... a Hammer House of Horror look :o)


This is the Abbey as seen from the graveyard of the adjacent St. Mary's church. I know it looks contrived but this is a real view, if you're interested here's the original photo.


The "fog" is just a sky cloud-scape, slightly warped, and blended over the top. Various colour & lighting effects were employed to turn day to night - it's amazing what a few "stars" does to sell that idea!

You might think that the "watcher" is a bit too much but, for me, this is restrained. ;o)


Also I'd best just say that this is a great place to visit, with lots of interesting history.


Yorkshire. UK. August. 2006.

Corvey Abbey was a Benedictine monastery on the River Weser, 2km northeast of Höxter, now in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


You can found more information here: The history of Corvey Abbey


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I missed Ringo, unfortunately :)


Riddagshausen Abbey (Kloster Riddagshausen) was a Cistercian monastery just outside the city of Brunswick in Germany.

It was founded as Marienzelle by Ludolf the Wend, a ministerialis of Henry the Lion and steward of Brunswick, and settled in 1145 by monks from Amelungsborn Abbey. Henry endowed the new foundation in 1146 with the neighbouring village of Riddagshausen, from which it took its name.

The abbey early acquired it's status as an Imperial abbey.

It was mediatised in 1569 by Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, when it became a Protestant establishment. From 1690 it was also the home of a prestigious Lutheran seminary for training of preachers, the first in Germany. The religious community and the seminary were dissolved in 1809.

The site, now included within the city of Brunswick, in the district of Wabe-Schunter-Beberbach, is now mostly a nature reserve and arboretum.

The surviving buildings include the abbey church and the gate house, now home of the Cistercian Museum.


Das Kloster Riddagshausen ist ein ehemaliges Kloster in Braunschweig, zwischen Nußberg und Buchhorst. Hier ließen sich im Jahre 1145 Zisterzienser des Konvents aus Amelungsborn nieder. Das neu gegründete Tochterkloster Marienzelle nahm kurz darauf den Namen des benachbarten Dorfes Riddagshausen an. Die Gründung eines Klosters war seit 1143/44 durch Ludolf von Wenden vorbereitet worden, der in Personalunion Ministerialer Heinrichs des Löwen und Vogt von Braunschweig und Amelungsborn war. Riddagshausen ist heute ein Stadtteil Braunschweigs. Weitere Sehenswürdigkeiten der Umgebung sind das Wildgehege und ein Arboretum, sowie ein Zisterziensermuseum (im ehemaligen Torhaus untergebracht).


Crossraguel Abbey stands silent and ruined today. Yet because of its completeness it still conveys much of the peace and spiritual glory of the monks who served here through four centuries. It was founded early in the 13th century by Duncan of Carrick, heir of the Earl of Carrick. He invited monks of the Cluniac order from Paisley Abbey to build this new daughter house of Cluny.

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral, is the cathedral for the Church of England's Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. It is the seat of the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and is in Bury St Edmunds. A church has stood on the site of the cathedral since at least 1065, when St Denis's Church was built within the precincts of Bury St Edmunds Abbey. In the early 12th century the Abbot, Anselm had wanted to make a pilgrimage along the Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela. He was unsuccessful and instead rebuilt St Denis's and dedicated the new church to Saint James, which served as the parish church for the north side of Bury St Edmunds. This church was largely rebuilt, starting in 1503, with more alterations in the 18th and 19th centuries. When the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich was created in 1914, St James Church was made the cathedral. In 1959 Benjamin Britten wrote the Fanfare for St Edmundsbury for a "Pageant of Magna Carta" held in the cathedral grounds. From 1960 onwards, there was renewed building work designed to transform the parish church into a cathedral building, with the rebuilding of the chancel and the creation of transepts and side chapels. The cathedral architect from 1943 to 1988 was Stephen Dykes Bower and he left £2 million for the completion of the cathedral. In the cathedral grounds a new choir school and visitor's centre were built which were opened in 1990. A Gothic revival tower was built between 2000 and 2005. The font was designed in 1870 by George Gilbert Scott, constructed on a medieval shaft, with a cover by F. E. Howard of Oxford. The decoration was added in 1960.

In addition to guided tours of the cathedral itself, visitors can view changing exhibits of art in the Edmund Gallery, and an exhibit of historic and religious regalia and artefacts in the Cathedral Treasures display. The painting "The Martyrdom of St Edmund" by Brian Whelan hangs in the Lady Chapel.


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A New Day, a cold and frosty morning new New Abbey near Dumfries. I thought i would try and catch a sunrise before going to work this morning. I had a few targets in mind, but spotted this composition from the car, a quick stop, jump over a fence and this was the result. This image was taken without filters, 3 images taken, sky, mid ground and foreground, hand blended in CS5.


28th January 2012

Canon 5D MKII

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM




3 Exposures, Sky @ 1/10 Sec, Midground @ 1/2 Sec, Foreground @ 0.8 Sec

No Filters

Processed and Hand Blended in CS5.1, Edited in Lightroom 3.6


Brian Kerr Photography


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Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without asking my written permission. All rights reserved.....© Brian Kerr Photography 2012

City Chambers Clock Tower from the Abbey graveyard




The story of Dunfermline Abbey Graveyard is a tale of two halves. The section which lies to the north of the Abbey Church was in use for 800 years, from the early 12th century until it was finally closed for burials in 1896. The southern section came into use in 1823, after the completion of the new Abbey Church and burials continued there until the mid-20th century, although the rate of interments slowed after the opening of the Halbeath Rd Cemetery in 1863..

Over the past few years a small but enthusiastic Graveyard Group has been recording all the gravestones in both the northern and the southern areas and entering the results into a database which is now nearly complete. Work is being done on an interactive plan of the graveyard and background research is being carried out into its history and the stories of some of the people, both great and small, who were buried there.

The monuments within the church itself will also be recorded and there are plans to search for, uncover and record grave slabs that have become covered with turf over the centuries..

As well as working as individuals in the graveyard itself, the Group meets on the third Thursday of every month to discuss progress and share the findings of their research.


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Cleeve Abbey is a Cistercian Abbey near the village of Washford, Somerset, England. It is one of the best preserved mediaeval monasteries in Britain.


The abbey was founded in the late twelfth century by William de Roumare between 1186 and 1191, on land he had been given by the king. The move was strongly opposed by the neighbouring abbots of Neath Abbey and Forde Abbey, who claimed that a new foundation so near to them would harm their monasteries. These objections were eventually overcome, however, and on June 25 1198, a new colony of 12 monks led by Abbot Ralph arrived at the site from Revesby Abbey in Lincolnshire. The official name of the abbey was Vallis Florida (Latin: 'Flowering Valley') but throughout its history it was generally known as Cleeve after the nearby village.


While I've processed this image to give is a dark, spooky look -- I'm almost expecting a ghost to waft through the image -- the actual place is a lovely a Cistercian abbey located in Llantysilio in Denbighshire, Wales called Valle Crucis ( ).


It was was built in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, Prince of Powys Fadog and while it is now a ruin, quite a lot of it is standing and it is now looked after by Cadw ( ).


If you're ever in the area I recommend you take a look -- it's in a beautiful spot and you'll find that you spend much more time there than you'd planned on.


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Buckland Abbey is a 700-year-old house in Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton, Devon, England, noted for its connection with Sir Richard Grenville the Younger and Sir Francis Drake and presently in the ownership of the National Trust.


Buckland Abbey was originally a Cistercian abbey founded in 1278 by Amicia, Countess of Devon and was a daughter house of Quarr Abbey, on the Isle of Wight. It remained an abbey until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII. In 1541 Henry sold Buckland to Sir Richard Grenville the Elder (Sewer of the Chamber to Henry VIII, poet, soldier, last Earl Marshall of Calais) who, working with his son Sir Roger Greynvile (Gentleman of the Privy Chamber of Henry VIII, Captain of the ill-fated Mary Rose), began to convert the abbey into a residence, renaming it Buckland Greynvile. Sir Roger died in 1545 when the Mary Rose heeled over in a sudden squall while the English Fleet was engaged with the French Fleet in the Narrow Sea off Portsmouth, leaving a son aged 3, also named Richard Grenville, who completed the conversion in 1575–76. After being owned by the family for 40 years, Buckland Greynvile was sold by Sir Richard the Younger to two intermediaries in 1581, who unbeknownst to Greynvile, were working for Drake, whom he despised. The abbey is unusual in that the church was retained as the principal component of the new house whilst most of the remainder was demolished, which was a reversal of the normal outcome with this type of redevelopment.


Drake lived in the house for fifteen years, as did many of his collateral descendants until 1946, when it was sold to a local landowner, Arthur Rodd, who presented the property to the National Trust in 1948.


this abbey was a part of a Cistercian monastery

built in 1132 - the buildings were destroyed and reconstruct

several times - the new abbey was built in 1926 -

Orval Abbey - Province of Luxembourg - Belgium -


Abbaye Notre-Dame d' Orval -

dans les vestiges de l'ancien monastère construit en 1132 -

les bâtiments ont étés détruits et reconstruits plusieurs fois -

la nouvelle abbaye a été érigée en 1926 -

en Belgique dans la province du Luxembourg.

A new moon viewed through the windowless frame of an 814 year old Abbey. i really like the silhouettes of the window frames and the way they have been worn away over the years.


Taken at Valle Crucis Abbey

i was SHOCKED to find her in my local TarJay.... they hardly stock anything.



An earlier monastery was founded by, then later dedicated to, Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne shortly before his death in 651 at Old Melrose, then in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria on a site about two miles (3 km) east of Melrose Abbey. Set in a bend of the river Tweed, a graveyard marks the site. St. Cuthbert, who grew up nearby, trained there and later was prior from 662 before he was moved to Lindisfarne (Holy Island). It was raided by Kenneth I of Scotland in 839.


Modern marker for the site of the burial of the heart of Robert the Bruce at Melrose Abbey

King David I wanted the new abbey to be built on the same site, but the Cistercians insisted that the land was not good enough for farming and instead selected the current site. It is supposed to have been built in ten years. The church of the convent was dedicated to St. Mary (like all Cistercian houses) on 28 July 1146. The abbey became the mother church of the order in Scotland. A town slowly grew up around the abbey. In 1322 the town was attacked by the army of Edward II and much of the abbey was destroyed. It was rebuilt by order of King Robert the Bruce, with Sir James Douglas being principal auditor of finance for the project.[1] The King's embalmed heart, encased in lead, was later buried in the church following its return from crusade with the dead Lord Douglas in either 1330 or 1331.


In 1385 the abbey was burned by the army of Richard II of England as he forced the army of Robert II of Scotland back to Edinburgh. It was rebuilt over a period of about 100 years—construction was still unfinished when James IV visited in 1504.


In 1544, as English armies raged across Scotland in an effort to force the Scots to allow the infant Mary, Queen of Scots to marry the son of Henry VIII, the abbey was again badly damaged and was never fully repaired. This led to its decline as a working monastery. The last abbot was James Stuart (the illegitimate son of James V), who died in 1559. In 1590, Melrose's last monk died.


The abbey withstood one final assault—some of its walls still show the marks of cannon fire after having been bombarded by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.


In 1610, a portion of the abbey's church was converted into a parish church for the surrounding town. This involved the insertion of a plain vault into the crossing, which obscured the original ribbed vaulting. It was used until 1810 when a new church was erected in the town.


In 1996 an archaeological excavation on the site unearthed a conical lead container and an engraved copper plaque that read "The enclosed leaden casket containing a heart was found beneath Chapter House floor, March 1921, by His Majesty's Office of Works"; the lead container was not opened, but it is assumed that since there are no records of anyone else's heart being buried at Melrose that it was indeed the heart of Robert I. The container was reburied at Melrose Abbey on 22 June 1998. A plinth was unveiled on 22 June which covers the burial site of the container.


Corcomroe Abbey, The Burren, County Clare, Ireland


Corcomroe Abbey is an early 13th-century Cistercian monastery located in the north of the Burren region of County Clare, Ireland, a few miles east of the village of Ballyvaughan in the Barony of Burren. It was once known as "St. Mary of the Fertile Rock", a reference to the Burren's fertile soil. The abbey is noted for its detailed carvings and other rich ornamentation, which are not commonly found in structures from this period.


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someone told me solitude hides behind your eyes..

This is a new character I've decided to create. I've given her the name is Abbey.. It means a lot to me.. I want her to resume a lot of things in my life. Both physically and emotionally.. And I think this is a good start: artistic frustration, would I ever play good enough?

This beautiful girl is Pauline! She's an exchange student from Germany.. I've had this wig for some weeks, wanting to create a character with it! Pauline is just perfect for it.. Her hair color is a little alike to the wig's color :)



Kylemore Abbey or Castle, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland


Kylemore Abbey (Irish: Mainistir na Coille Móire) is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London, whose family was in textile manufacturing from Manchester, England. He moved to Ireland, when he and his wife, Margaret, purchased the land around the Abbey and became a politician, and was also an MP for County Galway from 1871 to 1885. The castle was designed by James Franklin Fuller, initially together with Ussher Roberts.


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Seven hundred years

The abbey walls have listened

In prayer and silence


Haiku poem

By Henrhyde(gill)


VALLE CRUCIS ABBEY -- near Llangollen , North Wales

The evocative ruins of Valle Crucis lie in fields beneath Llangollen's steep mountains. In medieval times, this was a remote spot (ideal for austere Cistercian monks, who sought out wild and lonely places).

Their Abbey, founded in the 13th century , has fared better than many against the ravages of time, history and neglect.

Many features remain, including the glorious west front complete with an elaborate, richly carved doorway, beautiful rose window and 14th century inscription 'Abbot Adams carried out this work; may he rest in peace. Amen'.

Other well preserved features include the east end of the Abbey (which overlooks the monks' original fishpond) and lovely Chapter House with its striking rib-vaulted roof.

A visit to this site evokes the lives of the Cistercian monks - successful sheep farmers and enthusiastic supporters of Welsh culture as well as men of religion .

Valle Crucis also reveals a gradual relaxation in the strict regime of the Cistercians. By the late 15th century, the abbot decided to build for himself a fine new hall with a heated private apartment.

Valle Crucis, the 'Valley of the Cross', is named after Eliseg's Pillar, a 9th century Christian memorial cross which stands nearby.


ASDFGHJK;' K I am so freaking excited/happy because I went to Walmart and checked out the MH section and there she was, A beautiful 13 Wishes Abbey! They had like 6-7 of her, I'm sorry about crappy lighting but it was 11 PM when I took these so I had no sunlight, I always take my pictures in pure sunlight so this one looks a bit different, I'm so happy ^_^

Another shot of the ruined abbey of Valle Crucis ( ). To get this shot I had to lie down flat on the cold stones and point my camera directly up while people looked on rather oddly. Ahhh well ...


Kind of a weird feeling looking up at tons of stones put up there about 900 years ago. I'm not normally claustrophobic but looking up through the viewfinder made the place feel like it was pressing down on me.


Great place. Well worth a visit if you're nearby.


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Pastel colours surround the ruins of Kinloss Abbey and the War Graves.


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The ancient abbey of Monterano in Lazio, Italy at sunset with the artificial light system turned on


Renaissance fair in the italian ancient town of Canale Monterano



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St. Georgenberg-Fiecht Abbey, the successor of St. Georgenberg Abbey, is a Benedictine monastery situated since 1708 in Fiecht in the community of Vomp in Tyrol, Austria; a pilgrimage church still stands on the original site on the Georgenberg. Founded in 1138, it is the oldest extant monastery in the Tyrol.

According to tradition, the site's first use was as a hermitage in about the middle of the 10th century by Blessed Rathold (or Rapoto) of Aibling, of the ancient noble family of the Rapotonen, who established his cell on the Georgenberg ("St. George's Mount"), a rocky outcrop rising some hundred metres above the Stallental valley near Stans.

Pilgrimages here began around 1100 and increased after the "blood miracle" that is reported to have happened in about 1310. The main objects of veneration are Saint George, a Gothic Pietà sculpture from about 1415 and the reliquary of the Holy Blood. The present Baroque church, dedicated to Saints George and James, was built after the 1705 fire on the site and to the approximate ground plan of the old church. The new building was finished in 1735, with further alterations in 1863 (frescoes) and 1866.

As otherwise there would be no access to the monastery except by strenuous climbing, a bridge was constructed by the 15th century, which had to be restored by 1709, after the great fire. Its name is the Hohe Brücke ("high bridge"). When walking up from Stans, however, many pilgrims still take the route that leads through the romantic Wolfsklamm gorge.

This is one of the photos I took on my day out to the Cotswolds

for my birthday last November. I love the beautifully shaped old fashioned road names, the shapes in this building and the dappled shadows from a nearby tree. Isn't the boat in the window wonderful! The building needs a bit of TLC which I'm sure it will get when the new buyer moves in.

The Sunday challenge: Low Key


I had to go to the archives for this shot, back to the days when a camera was a new toy which I used to discover the world of light and form. I've wandered from this path and finding it hard to find my way back. Lacking inspiration a little, it's encouraging to find images like this one, hidden away in my minds eye "hard drive"!!! I'd like to think I'm starting to see the light again. Amen

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