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Cerne Abbas

By DiegoDesigns
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...

Tags: Nikon Dorset Architecture Digitally manipulated Giant Cerne abbas Landscape and travel

Voters: Chant57, saeidNL, markharrop and 22 more

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
24 Mar 2010 8:39AM
Beautiful light and detail,well taken.

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markharrop 14 191 England
24 Mar 2010 8:45AM
Very nice shot, and I like the presentation.
Jalapeno 8 127 2 Iceland
24 Mar 2010 8:55AM
well done and nice to read with it too!!
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 9:02AM
A delightful image; marvellously detailed and well composed.

DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 9:09AM
Thanks to Saeid, Mark, Jennifer and Terry for the supportive comments on this one, much appreciated.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
24 Mar 2010 9:27AM
Love the light and the working of the triangles! Excellent!
24 Mar 2010 9:47AM
nice light and good composition, the warmth draws you in
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 12:07PM
Thanks for the kind comments Nezih and Ann. Thanks also to anyone who has clicked their approval, cheers all... Dave
BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 12:12PM
This is a delightfully intimate and beautifully composed small lanscape. I often find these much more engaging and appealing than all those broad vistas.

DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 12:25PM
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.

sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 12:35PM
Very nice image, well presented.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
24 Mar 2010 12:42PM
Like the details and light in this - good comp too.
Regards Richard
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 1:54PM
Thanks to Steve & Richard for their kind feedback.

Cor 9 Belgium
24 Mar 2010 3:10PM
A fine image+++++
davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 4:51PM
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.
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 5:30PM
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.

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
24 Mar 2010 7:21PM
like the light ,the presentation and the write u

cheers 4 sharing

bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
24 Mar 2010 8:35PM
A choice little scene Dave - I'm sure I must walk right past the like of this. Hence my lack of landscapes.
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2010 10:10AM
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
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
25 Mar 2010 1:55PM
Captured in great light and portrayed so well.
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2010 3:15PM
Thanks Danny for the kind words of support... Dave
Sezz 13 617 15 England
26 Mar 2010 9:47AM
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!

Sarah *
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2010 9:40AM
Thanks for that Sarah, I imagine most villagers would take the long way home! Cheers all... Dave
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 3:19PM
Well spotted a lovely comp.
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 8:11PM
Many thanks again Gerry, you've been busy - thanks alot... Dave

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