Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hailes Abbey

A few weeks ago I managed to sell my old car for scrap, I didn't get much for it but it was enough to be able to treat myself to a day out. So off I went to the beautiful Cotswold countryside for the day.

I decided to visit the beautiful ruins of Hailes Abbey, a Cistercian Abbey built in the 1240's.
As you can see from these couple of pictures it was a beautiful blue sky and sunshine day and there was hardly anyone else there, so I got to wander round in peaceful enjoyment.
I didn't actually take many pictures in the end, but from the museum I loved the medieval floor tiles.
And the beautiful vaulting bosses. Here is one which portrays Christ as a spiritual Samson rending the lion's jaw. After visiting the Abbey I went for a wonderful walk through the surrounding countryside but I'll tell you about that another day. Today the sun is shining again so I'm not going to waste another minute at the computer.....

3 comments:

ANNA said...

I love the fact that you are going off for days out - I wish I could get my act into gear and go out for day trips too. If you ever want any company - give me a call!! See you in August at the new Chippenham group>?? lv anna

Vicki said...

Your pictures bring back memories of my one and only visit to England some 25 years ago. I'm glad to hear that you had a lovely outing, the weather was beautiful and there weren't a lot of tourists out and about.

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