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.
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UPDATE : Thanks to 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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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.