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The Red Door

By Sezz    
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

Tags: Architecture Religion Gloucestershire Door Gloucester cathedral

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TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
18 May 2013 2:11PM
Very nicely framed and captured, Sarah - very interesting history lesson, too! Wink
Trev Smile

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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
18 May 2013 2:29PM
Very interesting write-up. A well captured door, the red standing out from the rest......Sandy
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 3:00PM
A super image, well capturedSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

boov 5 2 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 4:23PM
Super image indeed
Richsr 11 91 223 England
18 May 2013 4:37PM
Like the light and colours good details too Sarah
Regards Richard
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 4:43PM
Striking colour Sarah, well composed too.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 5:17PM
A good take Sarah, but what an interesting write-up

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 5:43PM
Glorious Gothic red.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
18 May 2013 6:12PM
Well processed, Sarah, some lovely texture and detail, and a glorious red.

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 8:04PM
Superbly done Sarah J. All those verticals are perfectly aligned... extremely well done.
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 9:03PM
Some write-up. Great lights.
John_Horner 12 12 2 England
18 May 2013 10:03PM
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,

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
18 May 2013 10:07PM
Love the multitude of arches and the beautifully captured detail Sarah.
Nicely composed with sympathetic processing.. Nice splash of red as a contrast
19 May 2013 11:52AM
Like the contrast of the Stone textures and the vibrant Red Sarah, very nicely processed.
Great History too.

John Smile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
19 May 2013 1:23PM
Many thanks everyone Smile

Sarah x
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
19 May 2013 1:44PM
Beautifully captured and processed Sarah.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
20 May 2013 12:21PM
An outstanding image. I hope we see more of this beautiful and historic building.
Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
21 May 2013 10:42AM
I like this

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