We bunked off gardening on Wednesday this week, packed a picnic and headed off to Wensleydale. I’ll tell you about our first port of call in a later post, for now let’s visit our second destination. Jervaulx Abbey. Unlike the other lovely Abbeys hereabouts, this Abbey remains in private hands. Admission is by honesty box, car park is paid also into an honesty box. The Abbey remains beautiful and tranquil, usually! We didn’t pick up a guide book, but just enjoyed this wonderful place. Which is my way of saying I can’t tell you what is what, you can just stroll through the ruins and enjoy. Turner visited here and his sketches can be seen in the Tate, I’ll begin with where he made those sketches.
Don’t you think
Intriguing nooks and
crannies and stairs to nowhere
Now I said this place is supposed to be tranquil, but not when we were there, never have I heard such a cacophony as I did from these guys
waiting by the gate where their mamas were being attended to by the farmer before being returned to these lambs. The noise was horrendous. Only one thing for it, to the tearooms. Now I can’t share the wildflower honey cake with you, I ate it. It was very nice. For more info on the Abbey look here
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Took the opportunity of a dentist’s appointment to go into York. First there was a stroll through the museum gardens past this abbey
or should I say the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey which was dissolved during Henry the 8ths reign.
Thence to the lovely church very close by of St Olave, St Olaf, patron saint of Norway. originally built in 1055, 11 years before William the conqueror came from Normandy.
Entrance is from the North side, just outside the gardens.
The font dates from1860
Around the walls are plaques depicting the stations of the cross,presented in 1964
The Altar dates from the 17th century.
Looking down the church
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The most magnificent of the churches we visited in February was Salisbury cathedral. No wonder John Constable painted it 25 times!
This is the North Nave.
I love the ceiling.
And this is the font designed by William Pye and installed in 2008 for the 750th anniversary. It’s at times like this I wish I could take better pictures, but I will keep trying.
This is the window in the North Transept.
Now the cathedral was preparing for a big Magna Carta exhibition later in the year and I was disappointed not to have been there at the right time. However there was this replica on show, and according to the guide I spoke too she can’t tell the replica from the original!
And these are the clasps which held it.
the windows are magnificent throughout, I just love the blues in this one.
This is the tomb of William Longespee 1226, the first person to be buried in the cathedral. He was half brother to King John and advised him during the drawing up of the Magna Carta.
Outside there are still cloisters, a lovely place to stroll and think.
More information on the cathedral here and on John Constable here
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Lightening stop on our tour of Wiltshire.
The best I could manage of the tower
and the graveyard
Loved the carvings on this cross.
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We had the pleasure of visiting this lovely church last month whilst we were in Wiltshire. St Peter’s church is no longer used as a place of worship, but instead has become a place for local crafts people to sell their goods and for a cafe. Sadly we had just had coffee so did not sample their wares. Much of the interior remains and it’s major claim to fame is as the church where Cardinal Wolsey ( Henry 8th) was ordained as a priest in 1498.
the windows by the Altar really caught my attention
but not as much as the tiles did
even the wall was painted
loved this too
and here are the craft stalls
I was amazed that I made no impulse purchases, but it was very hard.
Back outside for a final view
Turns out that had I been three days later then I would have bumped into a fellow blogger. Lucky for me she contacted me last week when she was up North and we finally met. Go here to find out what happened when Cathy met Rachel and the trout!!
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Back on my own home turf again this week. This church is in the village of Ellerburn,North Yorkshire and I had a specific reason for visiting. Whilst clearing out Dad’s house I came across a piece of paper with a list of grave memorials from this church and one name jumped out at me , a Jane Stephenson, aged 92, who it seems was my great great great grandmother, and I had no idea of her burial site. Quite why Dad had the list I don’t know since he professed to know nothing of this side of his family, or did he?
Here’s the church at Ellerburn.
Now I couldn’t get into the church itself which didn’t bother me unduly as it has a bat problem and personally I don’t like bats one little bit.
I was interested in the church yard. I noted that this church had a novel approach to keeping the grass tidy. SHEEP!
Which is all well and good but the gate was padlocked and I couldn’t explore.
and you can’t get in which ever way you try. I shall just have to keep going back till the sheep have gone.
Meantime I contented myself with some rather nice stone carvings
which are rather lovely. Linking in with Inspired Sunday
We happened upon the church of St Mary at Lastingham a few years ago. Back in August there was a local art exhibition in Lastingham and whilst there I couldn’t resist another visit to this ancient church.
When I say ancient, I mean it. The original church dates back to the 650s when it was established as a monastery by Cedd. Lets take a look inside
through the door
Before we go down those stairs in the middle of the picture, take a look up
I love the vaulted ceiling. Going down the stairs to the Norman crypt
the little altar at the far end.
where this is stored.
Coming back up
there’s the font and
and a plaque to a John Featherstone. Featherstone is such a common name in this area.
Here is a stone pulpit, I don’t think I have encountered many stone pulpits.
a blocked in arch way
the view looking towards the back of the church.
there is this view up the hill
no wonder Bede wrote of this setting‘
amid some steep and remote hills which seemed better fitted for the haunts of robbers and the dens of wild beasts than for human habitation; so that, as Isaiah says, “In the Habitation where once dragons lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes”‘.
Hope you enjoyed this church. Linking with Inspired Sunday