The cloistered life by peadar

The cloistered life

This is Lesnes Abbey, in south-east London. Set in secluded woodlands amongst the hustle and bustle of south-east London suburbia, it is a scheduled ancient monument and gives us a little peek into life in 12th century Britain. Here you see the door into the cloister. The foundations and lower walls of most of the remaining structure survive and from this you get a sense of the size; it must have dominated the neighbourhood and been visible for some miles around.

The Abbey was founded by Richard de Luci, Chief Justiciar of England, in 1178. It is speculated this may have been in penance for the murder of Thomas Becket, in which he was involved. The Abbey sits adjacent to the route pilgrims would have used to travel to Canterbury, and it is likely some will have stayed overnight here at Lesnes Abbey on their way to pay homage at Thomas' shrine in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Abbott of Lesnes Abbey was an important local landlord, and took a leading part in draining the marshland. However, this and the cost of maintaining river embankments must have been a huge burden. It never became a large community, and was closed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525, under licence, and then became one of the first monasteries to be pulled down after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1534. Some of the stone from the Abbey is said to have been used subsequently in the construction of Hall Place in nearby Bexley. See http://365project.org/peadar/365-2019-20/2019-04-03

There's another shot of the abbey here http://365project.org/peadar/extras/2019-04-15

(Thanks to Wikipedia for much of the above, and also information at the Abbey itself).
Love the framing, what a great shot and really interesting information.
April 15th, 2019  
Beautiful look through the arch. Love places like this and I like to think of those who walked through and touched the stones in what were magnificent buildings. Thank you for the history lesson.
April 15th, 2019  
Like the forest with the horizontal road separating it from the below. Gives the illusion of a window with a top and bottom section.
April 15th, 2019  
@onewing @flowerfairyann @lmsa Thanks for your comments. Like many such places, it had a very serene feel to it, in spite of the London madness going on a few hundred metres away. I shall return there more often, I think.
April 15th, 2019  
A step back in time from the rat race ...
April 15th, 2019  
Great with the splash of green setting off the stonework
April 15th, 2019  
Its a wonderful doorway to see through.
April 16th, 2019  
Great framing and textures.
April 16th, 2019  
great framing using this stonework
April 16th, 2019  
ooh what a lot I learnt..thank you
April 16th, 2019  
@huvesaker You're welcome!
April 16th, 2019  
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