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Over the garden wall by BricksandStones Over the garden wall by BricksandStones

This is the south-eastern view of the medieval Benedictine abbey in Tewkesbury (England). The building dates mainly from the early 12thC. although the gothic choir and windows with tracery were added in the 14th C. The abbey was founded in the by a noble from Normandy who was a kinsman of William the Conqueror. He participated in the Norman conquest of England and waged war on Welsh princes afterwards. Safely located, far from politics and conflict areas, the monks of Tewksbury avoided trouble and their abbey remained safe for the next hundreds of years. The monastery never became particularly famous, nor was it a great center of learning or crafts. Local abbots did not make great political carriers but, perhaps because of this humility, Tewksbury today is one of the best preserved and most beautiful, in my opinion, medieval abbeys in England. Its windows are filled with medieval stained glass and the church is filled with beautifully preserved medieval chantries, effigies of knights and sculpture including one of the largest collections of carved gothic roof bosses in England. Surrounded by gardens it is a slightly forgotten place with very uneventful history that is not mentioned by tourist guides, not even among the 30 (!) interesting sites in Gloucestershire by Tripadvisor which includes heavily restored medieval barn (!) in Winterbourne. To see it, you just have to jump through the garden wall and ask someone to open it for you.

 PS. I would like to wish everyone who visits my profile a happy New Year – I hope 2015 will be bring something good to all of us. Recently, DA community helped me a lot and I learned how valuable it can be. Thank you very much guys, this is, among other things, a great motivation to be more active here :) Thanks!

UPDATE : Thanks to :icondashinvaine: I learned some interesting stories related to this abbey - apparently after the battle of Tewkesbury (1471) during the War of the Roses, some of the defeated Lancastrians, including a Hospitaller knight John Langstrother, sought refuge inside the abbey but were nonetheless dragged out and killed by Yorkists (who ultimately lost the war). Evidently, the history of the abbey was not as peaceful as I imagined it during my visit!   

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Zivichi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 20, 2017  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful, and also it has a very magic atmosphere! :heart: revamp 
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
I am very glad you like the atmosphere here - supposedly, just few months before I visited Tewkesbury local river flooded and the abbey was surrounded by water - there was no major destruction but the site looked just magical - a medieval building surrounded by water - of course I am glad this is over but photos taken during that time looked really great! Thank you yet again, it is a pleasure to hear from you!
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Nicely framed by the foliage.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
I am glad you like it Peter - thank you for taking the time to view and comment!
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Always a pleasure. =)
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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Thanks for making the photo and information available. It`s all new to me! 
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Thank You for taking the time to comment :) To be honest when I visited this abbey my knowledge about its history was minimal and based mainly on Wikipidia which, believe me, is not a reliable source. Fortunately there are some nice guides which provide at least basic info about the abbey. Some of the monuments inside are quite interesting - I remember for example that there is a 14th century effigy depicting one of the abbots showing him as a corpse with exposed ribs and skull being devoured by worms.... I suppose this was to show how insignificant the material world is.... Anyway, thank you again for the comment! 
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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Pleasure - the effigy reminds me of how brutal life was then. Easy to forget how much we`ve tried to remove the difficult parts from life. They dealt with reality - however hard. We should respect them and be grateful!
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MrBeholder Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Masz wiele ładnych zdjęć różnorakich zabytkowych budowli począwszy od zamków, po katedrach kończąc :D
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Bardzo mi miło, dziękuję że chciało Ci się to napisać :) Dobrze wiedzieć że komuś się chce to oglądać - dzięki!
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MrBeholder Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Proszę bardzo, cała przyjemność po mojej stronie - pozdrawiam! ( :
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Lupa-Rutila Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Great picture, it seems to be appearing after getting through bushes, just like You wrote about the garden wall :) Hidden under the sky...
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
:) This sounds repetitive but I am really glad you like it :) if you have some spare time, check out the Over the Garden Wall animated movie series, of course, I am not sure whether you will like it but i think it is very good - thank you for visiting my gallery - it is a pleasure to see a comment from you :) 
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Lupa-Rutila Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
I'm glad You like my attention :aww:
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Lovely photo, wonderful history! :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
:) I am really glad you think so Lori :) Thank you for visiting my gallery and sorry for taking so long to reply, for the last few months I struggled to finish my PhD and had little time for DA. I promise I will try to catch up and see your works from that time :) Thanks again!
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
You have a lot on your plate, I thoroughly understand! I have been away from DA for a while due to having surgery. I am backlogged on trying to respond to all the comments on my site. :)
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OghamMoon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Lovely shot, beautifully framed!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
Thank you, I am glad you think so! Also, I am sorry for taking so long to reply!
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LadyMarg Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
O matko, jakie piękne miejsce!!!!! Marzenie :) Zdjęcie świetne, jak zawsze. 
Wszystkiego dobrego w Nowym Roku, wielu pięknych miejsc odwiedzonych i dużo satysfakcji z życia! :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Hej! Milo mi ze Ci sie podoba :) Mi jakos strasznie sie z Francja to miejsce kojarzylo, nie do konca wiem czemu ale chyba przez te latajace przypory (czy tak sie mowi po Polsku? Flying butresses?). Dziekuje tez za zyczenia! Wszystkiego dobrego! Zycze Ci zebys pod koniec 2015 byla z niego bardzo zadowolona, duzo podrozy, zdjec i wspanialych wspomnien :) Wogole mam nadzieje ze 2015 rok przyniesie wiele dobrych rzeczy nam wszystkim. Dzieki jeszcze raz! 
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LadyMarg Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Dziękuję bardzo! :) A flying butresses to raczej łęki oporowe lub przyporowe ;)
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MerlinsArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
A beautiful looking abbey, the often overlooked places are usually the best :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Thank you John, I am glad you like it! It is a real pleasure to 'discover' some poorly known places though some of the popular locations, like abbey ruins or cathedrals can be quite cool as well... I suppose I just really like any medieval monuments :) Thank you for the comment!
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MerlinsArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome, it's a pleasure to discover these places through your photography as well :)
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YulianEruannoNoldor Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Thanks! I was really impressed by this church, it is good to know that others also like it :) Thank you again!
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Esperimenti Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Good picture! Great info! And all the best to you too in 2015.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I am really glad you think so! Thank you very much for viewing and commenting - it is a pleasure to get a comment from a skilled photographer like you :)
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Esperimenti Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
My pleasure altogether.

            :thanks:        :handshake:         :wave:  
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abellius Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Great picture and you learn a little bit of history to boot!!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I am really glad this caught your attention! Thank you very much for taking your time to view and comment :) I appreciate it!
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
One that Harry the 8 wasn't able to wreck, I suppose.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Yes, you are right - originally the abbey was supposed to be demolished but local merchants saved it by purchasing the church from the crown. The cloisters however, together with dormitory, chapter house etc. were destroyed. Still, a lot was saved inside the church - including some really cool stained glass. Thank you for taking your time to view and comment - I appreciate it! 
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Syltorian Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
That's quite sad that it gets topped in guidebooks by a barn. I'm glad you succeeded in jumping - almost literally - through all the hurdles it took to take this photograph.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
:) I was quite surprised how beautiful this abbey is. Some of the chantries and effifgies inside are really unique - there is a medieval effigy of a bishop there portrayed almost naked with a lot of worms consuming his body - very evocative image. Also there is a 2 meter high sculpture of a donor knight portrayed kneeling before the altar. I think you would like it :) Thank you for the comment! 
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Syltorian Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Those statues sound fascinating. I wonder about the bishop, though. Most stories I've heard about people being consumed by worms attribute this to a punishment from god (of whatever religion), such as Sulla, or, I think, Galerius (who stopped persecuting Christians and actually asked them to pray for him, to no avail).
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CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful!!:)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Thank you Cary and Frank - I am glad you like it!
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CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's our pleasure!:hug:
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darkoantolkovic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Very nice! :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I am glad you think so! Thank you for taking your time to view and comment!
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darkoantolkovic Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
You are welcome! :) I have FB page about castles/burg...Would you like send me your photos for my page? :)
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Happy New Year to you and yours. Nice photo. Stopped outside this building once. I gather some of the more alarming events in its history were in connection to the Battle of Tewkesbury, (1471) during the War of the Roses. Some of the defeated Lancastrians claimed sanctuary in the Abbey, only to be dragged out and butchered by the victorious Yorkists. One of the victims was John Langstrother, Prior of the Knight Hospitaller. 
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
I had no idea about John Langstrother and the fact that Lancastrians sought refuge in the abbey. I knew about the battle from wikipedia but because this is not a good source, and I have little knowledge about the War of the Roses, I found it hard to come up with an interesting description about it - now that you have given me some details - I will gladly add them to the text. If I would new about it earlier, I would probably change the title and make the Hospitaller the main character o the story. I must say, I really enjoyed visiting medieval sites in England. They are beautiful, full of history and they are much better managed than historical sites in France or Poland. At least that was my impression. Thank you for taking your time to view, comment and educate me - it is always a pleasure to see that you visit my gallery - Happy New Year!
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Pajunen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Great shot!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Thank you Tomi - it is always a pleasure to see that you visit my profile sometimes :) Thanks again!
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Pajunen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
You're welcome. My pleasure.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy New Year! :heart: 

Awesome photo, as usual. Really like how you didn't get too close to the building so you can see the trees at the side, which "frame" the picture and make it more immersive to the viewer. I feel like I'm "discovering" the building, almost. It fits, though, since you mentioned that it's a slightly forgotten place and you have to even go through the garden wall and ask someone to open it for you to go to this place. It's like an adventure to see this place--kind of reminds me of when I was a kid, when I wanted to climb over some fence near my school to see the old abandoned house on the other side that no one ever really talked about.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Thank you Ermek! Your comments are always so thoughtful, I appreciate them a lot :) I am glad that you like the green 'frame', I had another photo of the abbey without any bushes and I was not sure which one to upload. To be honest - I think the abbey is often open to visitors with proper guides available - I think we just visited during renovation and thats why it was closed - still, I remember it as a closed, unpopular place and I wanted to convey a little bit of that emotion here. Thank you very much for taking your time to comment, I am always glad to see that you visit my profile :) Thanks again!
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