I love visiting our interesting spaces & am fortunate that we live close to several old Abbeys. What I particularly like about them is the atmosphere they exude & the feeling of the layers of history that the spaces have.
To understand why we have so many Religious ruins, it helps to know about the Reformation in England & how King Henry V111 played a pivotal role in their destruction.
I recently took visitors to explore the White Ladies Priory; I have visited it several times & it is an interesting building set down a long tree lined path & quite remote.
The buildings have what can best be described as ‘layers of history’
Another favourite that I visit often is the Abbey at Lilleshall - it has a lovely setting which I really love. There are parts of it that I find eerie as they are dark areas with ornate details on the roof. I love standing at the bottom of the old Abbey entrance & looking all the way down the vast space. I am always in awe of the craftsmanship of those who built these so long ago.
One I had not visited was this local one, near our county town of Shrewsbury. I was so pleased that we were the only visitors to Haughmond Abbey which means that you can really absorb the atmosphere & get a feeling for the space.
The Abbey faces the Shropshire hills in the distance, the impressive line of hills that we love so much & which are impressive & steeped in geological history.
This is the map of our monastic houses in Shropshire
I have visited about half of them & will be making an effort to try to find the others. I consider myself to be ‘spiritual’ & find that these spaces are very calming, peaceful & they feed the soul & the past draws you in because I can feel the layers & weight of history.
This is a recent visit to Buildwas Abbey, another on that list and a previous visit to Wenlock Priory in the pretty town of Much Wenlock. This Abbey is quite stunning with gorgeous topiary hedges & shapes & beautifully tended gardens ...
I hope you have enjoyed this little visit to some of my favourite places with me.
Thank you for your company, stop by again soon,