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I spent an hour or two in Gloucester on Tuesday, It was pouring with rain so I ventured inside this beautiful Cathedral, so glad I did!

Gloucester is one of the six former abbey churches which became
cathedrals at the Reformation under Henry VIII’s “New Foundation”. Before that it was the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter.

This has been a Christian site for over 1300 years, since a minster was founded here c 679 by Osric, Prince of Mercia. But the present building was (and still is, substantially) the work of the first Norman abbot, Serlo, chaplain to William the conqueror. The foundation stone was laid in 1089, the eastern end was dedicated in 1100, and the entire church finished by c 1130.

The abbey was a wealthy and important monastery church throughout the middle ages; in 1216 Henry III, then a boy of nine, was hurriedly crowned king here.

On 21 September 1327 King Edward II died (reputedly murdered) while imprisoned at Berkeley Castle. The funeral - in effect a state occasion - was held at St Peter’s Abbey that December. A magnificent shrine-like tomb was erected, and the noble families who supported the new young king Edward III paid for the re-modeling of the eastern end of the church in what was then a brand-new style of architecture, later known as ‘perpendicular’. For about 80 years the tomb was a focus for visiting pilgrims who brought further wealth to the abbey and the city.

The monastery was dissolved in 1540, and became the Cathedral Church for the new Diocese of Gloucester in 1541 - seemingly it escaped the destruction suffered by other monastic centres because of its royal connections.

My thanks for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Kind regards - Sarah J x

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Title:The Red Door
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:18 May 2013 - 1:32 PM
Tags:Architecture, Door, Gloucester cathedral, Gloucestershire, Religion
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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 2:11 PM

Very nicely framed and captured, Sarah - very interesting history lesson, too! Wink
Trev Smile

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 2:29 PM

Very interesting write-up. A well captured door, the red standing out from the rest......Sandy

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 3:00 PM

A super image, well capturedSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 - 4:23 PM

Super image indeed

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Richsr
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18 May 2013 - 4:37 PM

Like the light and colours good details too Sarah
Regards Richard

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dathersmith
18 May 2013 - 4:43 PM

Striking colour Sarah, well composed too.

Darren.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95934 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 5:17 PM

A good take Sarah, but what an interesting write-up


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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7455 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 5:43 PM

Glorious Gothic red.
Moira

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 6:12 PM

Well processed, Sarah, some lovely texture and detail, and a glorious red.

Dave

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 8:04 PM

Superbly done Sarah J. All those verticals are perfectly aligned... extremely well done.

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tonyng
tonyng e2 Member 4tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 9:03 PM

Some write-up. Great lights.

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John_Horner
John_Horner e2 Member 9John_Horner vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2013 - 10:03 PM

Great processing of this wonderful capture Sarah,
So much detail and wonderful textures, together with those dramatic colours too.

Ver informative narrative from you and background info as always,

J*

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18 May 2013 - 10:07 PM

Love the multitude of arches and the beautifully captured detail Sarah.
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Michaela_Solway
19 May 2013 - 11:13 AM

Nicely composed with sympathetic processing.. Nice splash of red as a contrast

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2013 - 11:52 AM

Like the contrast of the Stone textures and the vibrant Red Sarah, very nicely processed.
Great History too.

John Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2013 - 1:23 PM

Many thanks everyone Smile

Sarah x

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2013 - 1:44 PM

Beautifully captured and processed Sarah.
regards
Yung

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2013 - 12:21 PM

An outstanding image. I hope we see more of this beautiful and historic building.

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Alan_Coles
21 May 2013 - 10:42 AM

I like this

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