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Old May 29th, 2012, 02:02 AM   #81
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Fountains Abbey. This was once one the largest Cistercian monasteries in the UK, it is now one of the largest ruins. Situated in North Yorkshire near Ripon it is now along with the park it sits in a UNESCO world heritage site

View of the ruins from across one of the lakes of the Studley Royal Park
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Fountains Abbey by barnyz, on Flickr

The Early English Gothic east end chapel iterminates in a hammer head shape much like that of Durhams cathedral
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Fountains contains a bell tower which is unusual for a Cistercian monastery
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The core of the complex is romanesque like these wonderful arches that lead into the ruined chapter house
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The monks' cellarium one of the few areas with a vault that is still intact
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Old May 29th, 2012, 10:20 AM   #82
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amazing pics, the ruins really look grand and well preserved...
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Old May 29th, 2012, 11:31 AM   #83
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Fountains Abbey and the surrounding gardens are just magical. The abbey, like most of the cistercian abbeys in Yorkshire, are nestled into an idyllic spot - and it is easy to imagine what life was like here for the monks. This is one of my favourite sites in England - so atmospheric.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 12:25 PM   #84
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Just to let you know i've been thoroughly enjoying this thread! Good work on all the excellent photos.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 12:15 AM   #85
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Fountains Abbey and the surrounding gardens are just magical. The abbey, like most of the cistercian abbeys in Yorkshire, are nestled into an idyllic spot - and it is easy to imagine what life was like here for the monks. This is one of my favourite sites in England - so atmospheric.
Have you been to Whalley Abbey in the Ribble Valley ? very similar. I've got to relate this to a compatriot Whalley Abbey was originally planned for Toxteth. Here goes, the Cistercians had a monastery on the mersey at Stanlow but it was continually flooding so they decided they would have to move. They had granges in Aigburth, one of which remains and which part of dates back to the 1290's,it's situated on Aigburth Hall Rd. Anyway for some reason the monks changed their minds and decided on Whalley, probably for the reasons you've outlined about the Yorkshire Abbeys, never mind
This is a great thread, fantastic pics. I'm going to start one on medieval parish churches in the next day or two.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #86
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I have not! I look forward to it. I do like Aigburth Hall Rd.
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The remains of Whalley Abbey in Lancashire. This illustrates Jane's point about abbeys......location,location, location !
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amazing pics, the ruins really look grand and well preserved...
thanks, they are very grand and situated in an amazing landscape garden, I recommend a visit!

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Fountains Abbey and the surrounding gardens are just magical. The abbey, like most of the cistercian abbeys in Yorkshire, are nestled into an idyllic spot - and it is easy to imagine what life was like here for the monks. This is one of my favourite sites in England - so atmospheric.
too true, Fountains is one of the most idyllic places in the land, a real marvel and well worth its UNESCO status and the entrance fee

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Just to let you know i've been thoroughly enjoying this thread! Good work on all the excellent photos.
thanks, glad you like it, there are many places I want to visit again now that I have a better camera, hmm perhaps in the future I can update this thread with newer images

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Have you been to Whalley Abbey in the Ribble Valley ? very similar. I've got to relate this to a compatriot Whalley Abbey was originally planned for Toxteth. Here goes, the Cistercians had a monastery on the mersey at Stanlow but it was continually flooding so they decided they would have to move. They had granges in Aigburth, one of which remains and which part of dates back to the 1290's,it's situated on Aigburth Hall Rd. Anyway for some reason the monks changed their minds and decided on Whalley, probably for the reasons you've outlined about the Yorkshire Abbeys, never mind
This is a great thread, fantastic pics. I'm going to start one on medieval parish churches in the next day or two.
thanks for the images and info. Now there is another place im going to have to visit, it looks fantastic. Im looking forward to your thread on medieval churches
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Old May 30th, 2012, 02:16 AM   #89
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King's College Chapel, Cambridge. There is no cathedral in Cambridge (as Ely is so close) but it does have one of the true perpendicular gems of England in this chapel

The chapel on a rainy day (another one that I need to visit again to get better images)
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Cambridge, King's College Chapel by barnyz, on Flickr

The stunning interior with the world largest fan vault
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Old May 30th, 2012, 02:20 AM   #90
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Newcastle Cathedral. Like many of Englands recent industrial cities Newcastle did not have a cathedral. In 1882 this parish church became a cathedral when the Diocese of Newcastle was created

The cathedrals most notable feature is the lantern spire on top of the tower
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I have a few images of Newcastle Cathedral on my Newcastle thread - link below.
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Old May 31st, 2012, 01:48 AM   #92
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I have a few images of Newcastle Cathedral on my Newcastle thread - link below.
your pics are better than mine! Im gonna have to go to Newcastle again as well

and there are many other places in your thread im gonna have to visit as well

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Bath Abbey. I was lucky enough to live in the stunning city of Bath for a few years and loved every second of it. It contains a medium sized abbey that is far more beautiful for its size than many cathedrals

The west front, on each turret you can just make out angels climbing a ladder, they are climbing the "Stairway to Heaven" (hums the tune)
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Some of the best views of the abbey are from the Roman baths nearby. Note the enormous size of the windows, when you look at the building as a whole it seems very delicate being no more than a brittle stone cage for glass
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The huge windows create a very light and airy interior. Bath abbey is another fine example of English Perpendicular gothic
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Bradford on Avon, St Laurence's сhurch. This is probably the oldest building in this thread being Saxon in origin and possibly dating from 705 (but there is some debate about this) making it one of the oldest churches in the UK

At one point it ceased being a church and was used as a school, perhaps one of the reasons why it survived
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The interior is plain and simple, just look at the difference between this and Bath Abbey above (they are geographically near each other) to get an idea of the vast change of architectural style from the early to late middle ages
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Coventry Cathedral. In total contrast to the ancient church above is the modern cathedral in Coventry. Opened in 1962 it replaced the old cathedral that was almost totally destroyed during the blitz in WW2

The exterior with the famous bronze statue, St Michael's Victory over the Devil by Jacob Epstein on the exterior
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The interior with a large tapestry Christ in Glory by Graham Sutherland
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 03:18 PM   #96
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Coventry, the old cathedral. All that remains of the gothic medieval cathedral are ruins and the spire

The old cathedral is next door to the new one, only the spire survived intact
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The ruins are now a pleasant quiet place in the middle of a busy city
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 03:21 PM   #97
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Coventry Holy Trinity Church. Although Coventry was devasted by bombs in WW2 some old buildings did survive such as this church

The spire is one of three famous spires in Coventry
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The perpendicular gothic interior is famous for its "Doom fresco" which was re-discovered in 2002. You can just about see it over the crossing arch
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Great stuff. It's such a pity we don't have any Saxon cathedrals..something to do with those Normans
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Great stuff. It's such a pity we don't have any Saxon cathedrals..something to do with those Normans
it would be good if one had survived somehow. Still at least the Normans generally replaced them with larger more impressive buildings.
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Charlecote Park, Church of St Leonard. This is a good example of the type of small church often found on the grounds of large country houses and often contain the buriel vaults of the family who once owned the estate (or in some cases still do)

The small church is Victorian but stands on the site of a much older building
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