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Cleeve Abbey 2/7

In 1536 Henry VIII in the course of the Dissolution of the Monasteries closed Cleeve and the abbey was converted into a country house.  Subsequently, the status of the site declined and the abbey was used as farm buildings until the latter half of the nineteenth century when steps were taken to conserve the remains.  In the twentieth century Cleeve was taken into state care; the abbey is now looked after by English Heritage and is open to the public.

 

This view is taken looking through some of the remaining cloister arches into the main courtyard that was at the heart of the monastery.

 

After my evening being the "entertainment" at my Camera Club last Tuesday, tonight I am giving an Audio Visual show to a ladies group at our local parish church, tomorrow afternoon I am doing the same for a ladies group at our own church and on Thursday lunchtime I am doing the same after our monthly Luncheon Club at our church.  Each is a different programme but it keeps me busy, and I get to show mine, and my fellow camera club members, photos to a wider audience, wish me luck again.

Cleeve Abbey 2/7

In 1536 Henry VIII in the course of the Dissolution of the Monasteries closed Cleeve and the abbey was converted into a country house.  Subsequently, the status of the site declined and the abbey was used as farm buildings until the latter half of the nineteenth century when steps were taken to conserve the remains.  In the twentieth century Cleeve was taken into state care; the abbey is now looked after by English Heritage and is open to the public.

 

This view is taken looking through some of the remaining cloister arches into the main courtyard that was at the heart of the monastery.

 

After my evening being the "entertainment" at my Camera Club last Tuesday, tonight I am giving an Audio Visual show to a ladies group at our local parish church, tomorrow afternoon I am doing the same for a ladies group at our own church and on Thursday lunchtime I am doing the same after our monthly Luncheon Club at our church.  Each is a different programme but it keeps me busy, and I get to show mine, and my fellow camera club members, photos to a wider audience, wish me luck again.

comments (11)

I like the way you have taken this Brian, with the bilding viewed from the old window.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Oct 2011, 02:40
Wow! Just enough left of the window to imagine how impressive it was!

I can imagine the bottomless bag of saucy little anecdotes you have to draw on, Brian...may your speaking engagements become the talk of the County!
Brian Walbey: It must have been a very impressive place Ray, as you will see later in the week only the foundations of the main church still survive sadly. I can't give too many saucy anecdotes away as Maureen will be there, some things you just don't tell your other half smile
Superb framing Brian... there is a lot of beauty in these ruins and you have shared it with us very well....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Peter.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Oct 2011, 07:06
I'm sure you will have them enthralled Brian. Cleeve looks a fine place to visit
Brian Walbey: I think Cleeve would be just the sort of place you would enjoy Chris, indeed it isn't too much of a drive from you for a day out.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 18 Oct 2011, 09:53
I like your portrayal of the abbey ruins here Brian. Framing is always a big hit.
Brian Walbey: Yes these sort of shots work with framing like this don't they.
I like the framing with the arch
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Chantal.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Oct 2011, 13:20
The grass adds other colour to this. I'm always amazed by the skill of our early craftsmen.

Good luck with the AV shows; I expect the ladies with be interested in the size of your lens... wink
Brian Walbey: Lol. These are church ladies Alan, they might be more interested in the size of my collection! This abbey is a very interesting place to go.
Nice shot of the stone work. You might sell a few prints to the ladies smile
Brian Walbey: Never thought of that John, thanks for your comment.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Oct 2011, 14:31
Yes, this is a cloister as I love it - even the ruins may give a feeling of the Cistercian spirituality. We have in Germany also some famous Cistercian monasteries, centers of culuture and civilization, i.e. Kloster Maulbronn, with always an especially peaceful and inspiring atmosphere.
My good wishes for you AV- shows, the ladies seem to be often more interested in culture than the men (I wonder Alan seems to talk a bit dirty!)
Brian Walbey: I have a feeling you would enjoy a visit to Cleeve Philine, I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. All three presentations I am doing are a mix of general subjects and sequences based on religious music, a favourite of mine.
Walby on tour! Hope they all go well.This is a fine composition Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. The first two presentations have gone well, I get lunch with Thursdays for free, can't be bad.
  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Oct 2011, 23:54
I love it! Its amazing that these buildings (well some of them) are still standing. I can't imagine our modern buildings lasting so long.
Brian Walbey: They certainly knew how to build all those years ago Debb.

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