Silent Sunday….. Off to Church

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Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire

The Abbey Church of St. Mary the Virgin is the buildings  official name today……  but will always be known as Tewkesbury Abbey. It was once a Benedictine Monastery, dating back to the 12th century.   Like so many of our old religious buildings it was built on a even earlier site of religious worship.

Tewkesbury Abbey is a fine example of Norman Architecture, in particular the Cross Transept Tower is claimed  to be the biggest in Europe.   With Tewkesbury standing  on the flood plain of Severn and Avon, its tall tower is a clear landmark for many miles.

Like all our old religious buildings Tewkesbury Abbey has seen some violent and testing times over the centuries.  During the “War of The Roses” ( 1455 -1487) witnessed this violent period of English history at close hand.  After the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 the Abbey provided sanctuary for the Lancastrian forces.  Then it had to overcome the challenges of the Dissolution of the Monasteries  that occurred by Royal Order between 1536 & 41.  It was at this time that the Abbey became the Parish Church.

Apart from being the Parish Church, Tewkesbury Abbey is also a major tourist attraction, the centre of a equally attractive Town in an equally attractive location. Tewkesbury nestles below the  higher ground of the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire’s rather fabulous countryside.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

9th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – SCALE (2)

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The Nave at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire

Scale was something our ancestors did on a BIG Scale when it came to Religious buildings such as Cathedrals and Abbey’s.  The size was there to both entice and impress, a visual statement of there importance over the worshipers, emphasising just how small mankind is in the Religious world as it was.

Thankfully they also combined a great deal of style in the construction…..style and grandeur we can still admire to-day.

Scale is this weeks Photo Challenge

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/scale/

12th February

(C) David Oakes 2015