Silent Sunday….. Off to Church


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

Summer…by the tranquil Avon


The River Mill Avon, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

It was one of those incredibly hot summers days, when if we were being sensible, we would be looking for the shade.  The tranquil waters  of the Mill Avon* did bring that touch of freshness to the afternoon.  Whilst perhaps it is too hot to have been out and about, the benefit is that you do tend to have these places pretty much to yourselves.

* Mill Avon is the name of this ‘river’.  Just up stream ,the River Avon joins the River Severn. Just before that junction the River Avon has this cut, through which it passes, created to power Water Powered Mills.  Having completed its task, it then moves on to join the River Severn.

Please Remember ….

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

2nd  July

(C) David Oakes 2020





From My Odd Box…….

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire,


The Old Mill basin on what is known as Mill Avon.  It is actually a channel cut to divert water from the River Avon to the original water powered mills in Tewkesbury.  The water from here flows over a weir and on into the River Severn.  It is also a reminder of those hot summer days where just to be beside the water is cooling and calming.

( “THE ODD BOX”. The Odd Box , is especially for Odds and Ends, it is the file where I drop those images, that I have not processed earlier in the year as part of a series or project or simply lacked time at that moment, where they can be safely stored. I can then go back to them at leisure, explore and see what surprises await)

17th March

(C) David Oakes 2015