View Full Version : Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire, April '10

09-04-2010, 10:29 AM
Two unrelated events took place here at Buildwas Abbey, 668 years apart. One was a murder, the second was your intrepid reporter's first picnic of the decade.

Like a lot of places I like visiting with my kids, there is not masses to see. Still, they are exciting places to run around in, climb up and down steps, fall over some old tiles and cry, urinate against a hedge, regularly have your nose blown and make a nuisance of yourself in front of member of the public. Luckily the kids are very tolerant when their father behaves like this.

This place was built in 1135, as a Savignac monastery, later being absolved into the Cistercian Order in 1147. The parts that remain are cool, built out of stone and in decent condition for 800 years or so of weathering.

The nave was clearly a very majestic part of the abbey. Today it, like most other parts is ruined.

A couple of shots in the chapel crypt, something that sounded much more exciting than it was. Still, I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, no shots of the rather cool Chapter House.
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In 1342, the abbot was murdered here by Thomas Tong, one of the monks, who, incredibly managed to evade arrest and seek re-instatement into the Cistercian order. In 1406, the abbot was kidnapped by raiders from nearby Powys. These events, plus the toll the Black Death claimed on the population meant that the abbey was in decline for it's latter years, renting out is lands and having only 4 choir monks.

If you like tiles, then there are some here for you to see. here is a picture of one of them. They are hundreds of years old, and actually quite cool.

Henry VIII gave the order to shut this place down in 1536, after nearly 400 years.

The location of the picnic was slightly out of shot and to the right. For your reference, here are the figures
crisps of the floor x6
wasps seen x1
occasions father irritated at small children talking with mouth full x3

09-04-2010, 11:03 AM
That's ace mate :thumb I could easily pass my days visiting historic sites like this :)

And loving the picnic stats :laugh

09-04-2010, 03:27 PM
Just love it, :thumb Very witty and informative in one :lol: looks superb place aswell :thumb

09-04-2010, 04:25 PM
Any shots of the crisps?

Great pictures.. f4 just made me think Tintern abbey at dusk would be a good jolly.

09-04-2010, 06:05 PM
Did you look at the pub next door which was the abbots residence?

09-04-2010, 10:18 PM
ehmmmm what everyone else said :

good pics
nice place
good stats ( 3 x annoyed at mouth full talking is not too bad)
usual standard of postage from the frenzied box

Nice one matey :thumb

09-04-2010, 10:47 PM
Gorgeous place :thumb
Witty report :thumb
Fab pics :thumb especially no 4.