We're looking at part of the ruins of Croxden Abbey near Uttoxeter. The abbey was founded in 1179 by a Cistercian order of monks from Normandy. The monks were apparently expert sheep breeders and their income came from the wool they produced.
Life went on quietly until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538 wrought upon the country by Henry VIII in his breach with the Pope in Rome.
More about this place with the final picture tomorrow.
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