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The village of Cerne Abbas grew around the great Benedictine abbey, which was founded in AD987. For more than 500 years the abbey dominated the area. However, the abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1539 with the Dissolution of the Monasteries and was largely destroyed, but it is possible to visit what remains of the Abbot's Porch and Abbey Guesthouse from the top of Abbey Street. St Augustine's Well, reputedly blessed by the saint, is found at the far end of the pretty burial ground, from the top of Abbey Street. St Mary's Church, built by the abbey for the parish in the late 13th Century, is in the heart of the parish and retains many original features. This building is in the grounds of what remains of the Abbot's Porch.

In the centuries after the dissolution the village thrived as a small market town. Its wealth was partly generated by brewing, its underground water making it famous for the quality of its beer, which was sold as far afield as London and was even exported to the Americas. At one time Cerne Abbas boasted no fewer than 14 public houses, serving visitors and a population of about 1500. Waterpower also gave rise to milling, tanning, silk weaving, glove and hat making and many other small industries.

The coming of the railways in the 19th century bypassed Cerne and the village went into decline. By 1906 the population had halved and many of the houses had fallen into disrepair. However, in 1919 the village was sold off by the Pitt-Rivers estate who owned it and it is now a bustling community of over 700 people, with a flourishing school, a rural Post Office, the village stores, a local tourist information point, where you will also find a Town Trail of Cerne Abbas, three remaining historic public houses, tearooms and a number of other shops to attract the visitor.

If you get a chance to go there, it's well worth a visit. Thanks for all the great support on yesterday's offering...

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-35
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Cerne Abbas
Username:DiegoDesigns DiegoDesigns
Uploaded:24 Mar 2010 - 8:34 AM
Tags:Architecture, Cerne abbas, Digitally manipulated, Dorset, Giant, Landscape / travel, Nikon
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 8:39 AM

Beautiful light and detail,well taken.
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markharrop
markharrop  10191 forum posts England
24 Mar 2010 - 8:45 AM

Very nice shot, and I like the presentation.
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Jalapeno
Jalapeno  4127 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 8:55 AM

well done and nice to read with it too!!

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TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 - 9:02 AM

A delightful image; marvellously detailed and well composed.

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DiegoDesigns
24 Mar 2010 - 9:09 AM

Thanks to Saeid, Mark, Jennifer and Terry for the supportive comments on this one, much appreciated.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 9:27 AM

Love the light and the working of the triangles! Excellent!

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annmackiemiller

nice light and good composition, the warmth draws you in

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DiegoDesigns
24 Mar 2010 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for the kind comments Nezih and Ann. Thanks also to anyone who has clicked their approval, cheers all... Dave

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 12:12 PM

This is a delightfully intimate and beautifully composed small lanscape. I often find these much more engaging and appealing than all those broad vistas.

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DiegoDesigns
24 Mar 2010 - 12:25 PM

Thanks Eric, I think the variety of colours was the first thing that attracted my attention, followed by the stonework and the contrasty shadows. Pleased you liked it.

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sherring
sherring  646 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 12:35 PM

Very nice image, well presented.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 12:42 PM

Like the details and light in this - good comp too.
Regards Richard

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DiegoDesigns
24 Mar 2010 - 1:54 PM

Thanks to Steve & Richard for their kind feedback.

Dave

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
24 Mar 2010 - 3:10 PM

A fine image+++++
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davidhu
davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 4:51 PM

Lovely dappled light on this Dave, with some good detail to match. Good write-up on Cerne, although I'm disappointed that the Cerne Giant clock in the tea-rooms dodn't get a mention. My eyes still water at the thought.
Dave

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DiegoDesigns
24 Mar 2010 - 5:30 PM

Thanks for the feedback Cor, and Dave you appear to be fixated on this today! I did think the clock was hilariously funny when I saw it though - it sure was a BIG hand... Cheers all for the clicks and comments.

Dave

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 7:21 PM

like the light ,the presentation and the write u

cheers 4 sharing

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 8:35 PM

A choice little scene Dave - I'm sure I must walk right past the like of this. Hence my lack of landscapes.
Brian.

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DiegoDesigns
25 Mar 2010 - 10:10 AM

Thanks to Ollie & Brian for their support. I guess we all end doing what we're most comfortable with Brian, although I like to experiment from time to time - just as you do. Thanks everyone for the comments and clicks... Dave

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2010 - 1:55 PM

Captured in great light and portrayed so well.

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DiegoDesigns
25 Mar 2010 - 3:15 PM

Thanks Danny for the kind words of support... Dave

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Sezz
Sezz  9617 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2010 - 9:47 AM

A lovely close-up scene here Dave, I like the colours, light and shadows also the framing with the trees up top Smile Thanks for the history too - 14 pubs, must be near a record for a village!

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DiegoDesigns
27 Mar 2010 - 9:40 AM

Thanks for that Sarah, I imagine most villagers would take the long way home! Cheers all... Dave

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gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 3:19 PM

Well spotted a lovely comp.
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DiegoDesigns
28 Mar 2010 - 8:11 PM

Many thanks again Gerry, you've been busy - thanks alot... Dave

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