Littlebredy is, as its name suggests, a small village situated in the Bride valley between Bridport and Dorchester, with a population of just 85. It boasts a lovely little church…
The pretty village of Helford on the river
A thousand miles away from Torquay in atmosphere and character yet less than a mile in reality.
The village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and has been used as a film set for, amongst others, Cranford, Pride and Prejudice and a couple of the Harry Potter films. The older houses in the village date from the 18th century.
The medieval church Continue reading
We visited here again today. The Abbey was founded in the year 705 AD by Aldhelm, the then Abbot of Malmesbury and is a gloriously Gothic structure which has been added on to over the years. In it’s lifetime it’s been a Saxon Cathedral, a Benedictine Abbey and now is a Parish Church. The Abbey as it is today was mostly the work of an Abbot named Ramsam (1475-1504)
I don’t think you have to be a ‘religious’ person (I’m not) to appreciate such buildings, it’s an amazing feat of architecture that can just be admired as such.
Simon Jenkins, who wrote a book about England’s greatest churches said he would…
pit Sherborne’s roof against any contemporary work of the Italian Renaissance
The vaulted ceiling is incredibly intricate and the stained glass is beautiful…
This is a view of the main altar and the detail on the stonework
A further away view of the altar and the unbelievable organ
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Glastonbury Abbey, the place where, if legend is to be believed, King Arthur is buried.
The other well-known legend is that of Joseph of Arimathea coming to the Abbey bearing the Holy Grail.
The Glastonbury Thorn said to have taken root from Joseph’s staff.
The ruins.. Continue reading