Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Abbey Aisle, Window Row and Low Looe

Abbey Aisle :- Looks brand new doesn't it! This is an interior shot of Buckfast Abbey which is part of an active Benedictine monastery at Buckfast, near Buckfastleigh in Devon, England. There has been an Abbey at this location since 1018 and another one was built on the ruins of the first in 1134 but was eventually destroyed due to Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries Act (1536 - 1541). The "new" Abbey was founded on 28th October 1882 and was eventually consecrated on the 25th August 1932. It then opened a few years later on 24th July 1937. In 2012 the Abbey was subject to a huge restoration and cleaning program. As you can see by this image (taken 22nd May 2014) the Abbey now looks as good as new.

Window Row :- A dark and brooding shot of the original wooden bench seats and Victorain stained glass windows of the famous Middle Street Synagogue (opened in 1875). This building is now Grade II* listed and once you leave the street and go through its huge wooden doors it's like taking one gaint step back in time. Immediately on entering thoughts of Jules Verne's wolrd popeed into my head. It looked and felt as if I had entered a sacred section of Captain Nemo's "Nautilus". The sumptuous interior is full of polished brass, varnished wood and red carpets. I was very kindly given access to a few areas that had been cordoned off so was able to get a few more shots of this incredible looking placve that is Brighton's second most important historic building (the Royal Pavilion being number one). This shot was taken on the ground floor and shows the layout of windows which are set out with two in each bay. It's surprising to find that many of the windows and internal decorations were originally created by Campbell Smith & Co (founded 1873) and that the company is still very much alive and still creating work of this standard today in Fleet, Hampshire.

Low Looe :- The tidal River Looe in south-east Cornwall patiently waits for the water to come flooding back in. A few boats sit on the river bed lean at angles and look sorry themselves. In the background Trenant Wood (near right) and Kilminorth Wood (distant left and middle) are silhouetted by the afternoon sun as it starts to dip down in the West. This is the point where the West Looe River meets up with the East Looe River and then flow through the town of Looe itself and then out into Loe Bay and the English Channel.

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