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  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 26 Jul 2015, 02:34
Gotta love the Open Air Wing of this building, Chris.
Chris: This is Muchelney Abbey Ray, or rather it was before Henry VIII got hold of it!
it is old crooked with parts of the windows bricked over Chris... but it is fantastic...
the Mennonites add a nice touch to the image....petersmile
Chris: Those summer hats attract me Peter
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Jul 2015, 06:51
This seems to be an interesting part of the large Abbey - the refectorium? I saw some abbeys in England destroyed by Henry VIII ...
Chris: England is full of such places Philine. Although I only live less than 30 miles from this place I had never, to my shame, seen it before last week
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jul 2015, 07:03
Now if i recall, it has a very fine teashop there. When we were heading down to Exmoor for an early Boys' Bike Weekend, we stopped off here to do some carbo loading. No time then, though, to view the ruins. Henry VIII really did get the hump didn't he?
Chris: Henry was very cross with the pope, who wouldn't let him marry whomsoever he wanted whenever he felt like it..

I did not encounter a teashop
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Jul 2015, 07:40
"It was once a wealthy Benedictine house and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset, but as part of the dissolution the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538.

Visitors can still see the clearly laid out foundations of the abbey, parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and thatched monks’ lavatory- the only one of its kind in Britain. The 16th-century abbots’ house remains intact with its magnificent rooms, and site finds are on display illustrating monastic life."

A fascinating place I would like to see one day.
Chris: Thank you Philine, this is certainly a place worth visiting.
I had to google this as I had not heard of it.
Chris: It's in the middle of nowhere, you might recall the village being marooned from the world at large during the great floods a couple of years ago.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Jul 2015, 09:11
This building reminds me a bit of the Battle Abbey I saw last year - it could be the dormitory for the monks and novices.
Chris: Yes it could be just that Philine
It's a bit of a fixer upper, eh?
Chris: Indeed it is Mary
the arches mostly draw in the attention, Chris. would be pleasant to stroll around here
Chris: I'm sure you would like it Ayush
Another sad sight, henry wasn't very Pope orientated was here, anything catholic, 'knock the bl***y thing down' !!
Chris: Very many fine buildings were abolished Brian
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 26 Jul 2015, 13:55
What a lovely scene.
Chris: This is one of many abbeys ruined at the reformation Beth
Hanging on in there to tell the tale Chris. Nice find
Chris: Thank you Janet: this is an out of the way and interesting place to visit
Interesting exposure of different construction times, by the looks of it.
Chris: This is old stuff Tom, Medieval certainly
I'd certainly like to walk and explore this place.

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