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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.

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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.


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Abbey of Walkenried.

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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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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.


A View Of Criffel


It was meant to be a day for rain, thunder and lightning, but Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day in Galloway.


This was as bad as it got, a few spots of rain. Looking towards the village of New Abbey, with Sweetheart Abbey in shot and then the familiar site of Criffel with heavy clouds above in the distance..


New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway


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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.

In 654 the abbey was founded. In the ninth century it was pillaged and burnt to the ground by the Vikings. A new church was consecrated in 1067 in the presence of William the Conqueror. The French Revolution, 1789 - 1799, ended its existence as a monastery, leaving only impressive ruins.

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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.




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


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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 -

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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 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.

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


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Lacock, Wiltshire.

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New 70817 having only arrived at Seaforth Dock not much more than a week ago is pictured at Preston Boats, Shrewsbury on 0740 Neath Abbey Wharf - Washwood Heath RMC. 31-5-17.

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


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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).


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

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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.

Mottisfont Abbey is a historical abbey and country estate in England. Sheltered in the valley of the River Test, the property is now operated by the National Trust. About 200,000 people visit each year. The site includes the historic house museum, regular changing art exhibitions, gardens (including a walled rose garden) and a river walk.


Fertile land and a plentiful water supply attracted the first settlers. The site's name comes from a spring ("font") that is still producing water in the grounds. It was the font around which the local community held its moots or meetings. An Augustinian priory was founded here in 1201 by William Briwere, a businessman, administrator and courtier to four Plantagenet kings who chose to make a public demonstration of his wealth and piety. The canons welcomed pilgrims en route to Winchester, who came to worship Mottisfont's relic, said to be the finger of St John the Baptist


Struck by the Black Death, the initially prosperous priory suffered from the mid-14th century onwards. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII, the priory was dissolved and the king gave Mottisfont to a favoured statesman, Sir William Sandys, who turned it into a country home, but rather unusually, chose not to demolish the existing priory. Sandys instead turned the church nave into the main body of the new mansion, building additional wings on either side. Sections of the original medieval church may still be seen, with the later additions built around them. The 13th-century cellarium also remains present today.


In the 18th century, the old monastic cloisters and Tudor courtyard were demolished by the Barker Mill family, creating the modern appearance of the estate's facade. The estate became a centre for hunting, shooting and fishing, and a new stable block was built.


The last decades of the 19th century saw Mottisfont let to wealthy banker Daniel Meinertzhagen under eccentric terms that forbade the installation of electric light or central heating. The ten Meinertzhagen children included Daniel and Richard, who built aviaries for their collection of eagles, hawks, owls and ravens. Richard wrote detailed diaries about his childhood and growing interest in the natural world.


The arrival of Maud and Gilbert Russell in 1934 made Mottisfont the centre of a fashionable artistic and political circle. Maud was a wealthy patron of the arts, and she created a substantial country house where she entertained artists and writers including Ben Nicholson and Ian Fleming. She commissioned some of her artist and designer friends to embellish Mottisfont, always with an eye on its history, which fascinated her. Rex Whistler created the illusion of Gothic architecture in her salon (now known as the Whistler Room), a piece of trompe-l'œil painting that recalls the medieval architecture of the priory. Boris Anrep contributed mosaics both inside and outside the house, including one of an angel featuring Maud’s face – the couple had a long love affair.


Mottisfont Abbey has wonderful grounds to complement the house itself. There are areas of wooded shade, a walk along the River Test, enough lawned area for lots of picnics (you are allowed to play games on the lawns too - families have been known to kick a ball around, play catch etc), and magnificent and pungeant rose gardens, particularly on early summer evenings. On visiting Mottisfont you will be just as likely to encounter families with small children as you will a coach party or two of tourists.


On a warm summer's day Mottisfont is a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busy city of Southampton and market town of Romsey, both nearby.


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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.


Ross Abbey, Headford, County Galway, Ireland


The Ross Errilly Friary is a medieval Franciscan friary located about a mile to the northwest of Headford, County Galway, Ireland. It is a National Monument of Ireland and among the best-preserved medieval monastic sites in the country. Though usually referred to by locals as "Ross Abbey," this is not technically correct as the community never had an abbot.


Like many other abandoned Christian sites in Ireland, Ross Errilly has continued to be used as a burial ground by area residents. In addition to tombs that date from the friary's active period, many graves dating from the 18th through 20th centuries can be found inside the church walls. In some cases, tombstones comprise the floors of walkways and crawlspaces.


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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.

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

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

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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View from the walls of the old abbey to the new abbey at Rock of Cashell

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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According to a site sign, the chapter house was the daily meeting place in most European monasteries and convents. The monks or nuns sat on stone benches around the walls, as business was discussed each day and a chapter of the "Rule of St Benedict" the official code of monastic behavior, was read. The location next to Cuxa Cloister preserves the relationship of the chapter house to the cloisters is a typical monastic plan. The architecture of the chapter house features typical Romanesque characteristics, notably the rounded arches, thick walls, small windows, and heavy rib vaults. The abbey at Pentaut, founded in 1115 as Benedictine monastery, housed a Cistercian community after 1151. The abbey was damaged during religious wars of the 16th century. In 1791, the monastic buildings were sold to a local family, and the chapter house was converted into a stable; it was sold in 1932 and brought to New York. The plastered vaults and the floor tiles of the reconstructed chapter house are modern.


Pontaut Chapter House, The Cloisters, New York


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Seven hundred years

The abbey walls have listened

In prayer and silence


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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.


The monument comprises the upstanding and buried remains of the Augustinian Abbey of St Mary, founded as a priory around 1138 but raised to the status of abbey around 1154. The main upstanding structure is the largely complete shell of the abbey church. The other principal monastic buildings are visible as wall footings, laid out around a former cloister on the slope south of the church. It is very much dependent upon its clustered pillars and strong bridging arches. The great stone piers are carried, unusually, to the level of the triforium at 1st-storey level - a technique that creates an impression of height. There, the delicate arcading is surmounted by a light and airy clerestory. Remarkably intact in spite of constant warring, Jedburgh conveys the feelings of an abbey interior more fully than any other of the Border Abbeys.


After the reformation a church was 'made' within the crossing of the abbey and transepts; and a 'new' church was provided in the West part of the nave in 1671. In 1743 the crown arch and vault of the crossing collapsed and the dangers of falling masonry doubtless partly explain why the parish church was removed entirely from the abbey in 1875. The Abbey then ceased to be a place of worship and the eminent Edinburgh architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson carried out restoration work.

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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“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


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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 :)



LE of the new Abbey Sands development on the seafront of Torquay, Devon



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.


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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