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Buckfast Abbey Side Alter

By achieverswales
Thank you all for your great Comments votes and awards on the Tiger yesterday, this is a side Alter at Buckfast Abbey, to think the Monks built this themselves is amazing! At the moment the Abbey is going through extensive cleaning so scaffolding inside and outside, off in the morning to photograph some animals with a few EPZs back on Saturday, 8 images taken and blended in Photomatix Pro, below some info on this beautiful Abbey.

Buckfast Abbey

Founded October 28, 1882
Buckfast Abbey forms part of an active Benedictine monastery at Buckfast, near Buckfastleigh, Devon, England. Dedicated to Saint Mary, it was founded in 1018 and run by the Cistercian order from 1147 until it was destroyed under the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In 1882 monks began living there again, and today it is a Benedictine foundation.

Buckfast Abbey was founded by Earl Aylward in the reign of King Cnut in 1018. In 1147 it became a Cistercian abbey and was rebuilt in stone. In medieval times, the abbey became rich through fishing and trading in sheep wool, although the Black Death killed two abbots and many monks — by 1377 there were only fourteen monks at Buckfast.

On 25 February 1539, William Petre arrived at Buckfast and declared the abbey to be dissolved by order of King Henry VIII. The monks were compelled to leave and the buildings were looted and destroyed. The abbey then stood in ruins for over two hundred years.
The nave of the Abbey church is in a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles
19th century: rebuilding

On 28 October 1882, six Benedictine monks arrived at Buckfast having been exiled from France. The land had been leased by monks from the St. Augustine's Priory in Ramsgate and it was later bought for £4,700. The first new abbot was Boniface Natter, who died at sea in 1906, when the SS Sirio was shipwrecked. His travelling companion Anscar Vonier became the next abbot and pledged to fulfill his dying wish, namely to rebuild the abbey.

The monks lived among the ruins and gradually rebuilt the abbey church upon the foundations of the abbey constructed in 1147. The church itself was restored between 1905 and 1937. Over the thirty-two years, there were never more than six monks working on the project at any one time, although the whole community had repaired the ancient foundations up to ground level. Construction methods were primitive — wooden scaffolding was held together by ropes and no safety protection was worn by the monks. One monk fell 50 feet but survived; and three monks fell off a hoist without serious injury in 1931. Construction continued throughout World War I: some of the monks were of German nationality, but were not sent to an internment camp, on condition that they remained confined to the Abbey grounds.

The Abbey was consecrated on 25 August 1932, but the building was finally finished with the laying of the last stone in late 1937

Tags: Architecture History Hdr Buckfast abbey Monks Cistercian St mary

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:05PM
Gorgeous image.

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
19 Sep 2012 10:29PM
Beautifully lit, and the colour is spot on, Trev. Enjoy the day tomorrow, my regards to your fellow travellers.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Sep 2012 10:40PM
A fine interior shot, Trev, very well composed and exposed, and as is your custom, an excellent narrative to accompany the shot.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:53PM
Glorious riot of colour very well captured.
Wondering how you achieved this with ISO 100?
I find indoor photography very challenging.
19 Sep 2012 10:53PM
This is superb Trev, well lit with lots of detail,
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
20 Sep 2012 6:02AM
A beautiful interior capture, Trev, and a most interesting write-up. Carol
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 6:48AM
So rich in colours Trev
a really lovely shot
see you tomorrow
safe journey
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:22AM
The colour and composition are wonderful. Have a safe trip - look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 7:41AM
Wonderful lighting! GrinGrinGrinGrin
Superb take. This is a beautiful image. IB
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 8:08AM
I am not surprised that they built it ...what else could they do then . seems quite a nice life I think
that building certainly has alot of history
thanks for sharing it with us
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 8:36AM
Beautiful image Trev.

9 10 10 England
20 Sep 2012 8:59AM
Not easy I think but a splendid result from you.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 9:57AM
Exposure is spot on in this first class composition.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
20 Sep 2012 10:21AM
Thanks every one for comments and votes, Kate as in the description 8 images taken and blended in Photomatix Pro, Barbara this present Abbey is only seventy five years old, it was built over 37 years by no more than six Monks at a time, and no regard for their safety.


20 Sep 2012 12:19PM
Top Class Capture Trevor, Nice Place to visit, I was last there just 50 years ago + 2 months. Eric.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 12:47PM
The masterpieces in one upload. Firstly the highly interesting and informative foreword, supported by what I can only describe as an image of "outstanding beauty"

Regards Nathan
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
20 Sep 2012 2:27PM
It's a good few years since I was there, so can't remember much about it. A fine capture here, Trev Wink
Trev Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 5:22PM
Great work Trev I am not very clever on low light, did you use flash for this picture?
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
21 Sep 2012 5:43PM
Brilliant work,Hope you will enjoy yourself.

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