St Benet's Abbey by peadar

St Benet's Abbey

We're on the Norfolk Broads; overnight we moored near the ruins of St Benet's Abbey, which, in strictly legal terms, survived the dissolution of the monasteries under King Henry VIII in 1538-39. It did so by surrendering land to the King, in return for which he merged the monastery into the Bishopric of Norwich. As a result, Abbey life dwindled pretty quickly into oblivion, as all resources were surrendered to the direction of the Bishop. The buildings fell into disuse by the late 16th century, and the building materials used liberally to repair or build other structures in the local diocese. The gatehouse arch survives, and was used in the 19th century as a structural support for a windpump, which is the slightly strange looking structure you see in the right foreground.

We woke to a glorious September dawn, and decided to walk up from the moored boat to the Abbey ruins for a period of quiet reflection. This was my view. It was wonderful.

(Later shot of the river near here https://365project.org/peadar/365-2019-20/2019-09-20 )

Many thanks for all your recent comments - all very much appreciated.
wonderful light in this...this is just the place I need this evening after a horrible day at work, thanks for the calm
September 18th, 2019  
Love this shot of one of my favourite places
September 18th, 2019  
What a wonderful morning atmosphere, stunning colours, the Abbey and the clouds, all perfect!
September 18th, 2019  
Lovely light in this shot Peter
September 18th, 2019  
Wonderful shot
September 18th, 2019  
Love that big sky...
September 18th, 2019  
Beautiful- fav
September 19th, 2019  
Great composition and moon as well !
September 19th, 2019  
The clouds and the light on the building are perfection
September 19th, 2019  
Lovely image, the ruined abbey really stands out against that huge sky
September 19th, 2019  
Love the composition of this shot !
September 19th, 2019  
Aaaaah, lovely! I know that sight so well. I can see where you are to take it! Hope you are having a super time.
September 19th, 2019  
Lovely picture and some wonderful history to go with it.
Katharine
September 19th, 2019  
Lovely light.
September 19th, 2019  
Fav for great comp and lovely warm light!
September 20th, 2019  
The light shining and the wispy clouds certainly create a beautiful photo
September 20th, 2019  
Lovely shot, and I forgot to mention it in my other comments but I always enjoy reading your narratives!
September 27th, 2019  
Lovely composition and beautiful morning light
September 29th, 2019  
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