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Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey has a long history dating back to the 11th Century but the building you see was built mainly in the 20th century on the foundations of the original abbey which fell foul of good old Henry VIII. Now it is home to monks and since the late 19th century it has been the monks who have done most of the building work. The end result is a mixture of styles in a mixture of materials. I rather like it, although there is a modern extension with some of the most unpleasant stained glass I have ever seen.  We had the pleasure of taking Philine here and I think she found it interesting and also seemed to enjoy her cream tea:)

">gordon

Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey has a long history dating back to the 11th Century but the building you see was built mainly in the 20th century on the foundations of the original abbey which fell foul of good old Henry VIII. Now it is home to monks and since the late 19th century it has been the monks who have done most of the building work. The end result is a mixture of styles in a mixture of materials. I rather like it, although there is a modern extension with some of the most unpleasant stained glass I have ever seen.  We had the pleasure of taking Philine here and I think she found it interesting and also seemed to enjoy her cream tea:)

">gordon

comments (25)

  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2009, 00:37
Love the treatment here. Very Mystical. Well composed shot nicely scaled by the subject peering into the notice board smile
Bill Phillips: Thanks SAVO. I was glad the person was there to give scale.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Aug 2009, 01:19
Colourful...but, something about this image is an assault on my eyes, Bill.

Do I need 3D goggles to view it?
Bill Phillips: Not essential but they would probably help Ray tongue
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2009, 01:47
I love the processing you applied on this. What a delightful thing to see.
Bill Phillips: Although this building is modern the site has a very long history.
Whatever the architecture you captured it in beautiful light.
Bill Phillips: The variation in materials used to build it helped
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Aug 2009, 07:31
A fine shot sir: I see it has been twiddled greatly - but well I hasten to add
Bill Phillips: Yes heavily twiddled. I must have known Mike and Ingrid were back!
The treatment you have given this I find a little unnerving Bill. It could be the soft focus.
Bill Phillips: I am sorry to have unnerved you Chad. A cup of tea usually helps...but it has to be proper builder's tea.
Love the light on the Abbey and the dark clouds set the scene perfect .
Bill Phillips: It was a rare moment of decent light
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2009, 09:06
Did you do this specially for me Bill? What can I say?! I think I might prefer it without the soft focus. Amazing sky but it doesn't seem to quite match the sunny scene!
Ingrid
Bill Phillips: LOL! I have been posting proper pictures so I must have known subconsciously you were back! Actually the sky is more or less genuine. I was sun and blue sky behind me and black cloud over the abbey
Superb capture, and your PP adds a lot of drama to the composition.
Bill Phillips: The sky was pretty dramatic I just helped it a littlesmile
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 25 Aug 2009, 10:43
Wonderful processing Bill
Bill Phillips: Cheers Vintage
A wonderful place Bill. I like your treatment!
Bill Phillips: Thank you Richard
Nice processing Bill. It gives a great atmosphere to the picture.
Bill Phillips: Cheers Ron, i'm not sure I'd want to be there without an umbrellatongue
The sun shines on the righteous
Bill Phillips: and those standing next to them Martin!
wow
super stuff!!
Cheers
Rob
Bill Phillips: Cheers Rob
Amazing details of this intricate architectural design. Love the contrast with dramatic sky. Fascinating shot of this interesting place.
Bill Phillips: Thanks John as always for your comments, much appreciated.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2009, 13:19
B.H*LL Bill! Looks like the cover of a Dennis Wheatley novel! You certainly seem to have twiddled up some dire prognostications. ;o)
Bill Phillips: "The devil rides out" perhaps??
Oh dear, I'm sorry Bill, I like the picture and the building but your treatment of this is not quite to my own liking. You can't win em all.
Bill Phillips: That's OK Brian. As you say you can't win them allgrin
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2009, 15:57
Wonderful shot. I love the contrasting sky - It sets quite a wonderful mood with the architecture.
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much Beth
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Aug 2009, 19:04
I'd never have guessed that this was 20th century. That Henry VIII had a lot to answer for in terms of his wrecking! I trust that the foreboding sky did not put a damper on the cream tea!
Bill Phillips: Henry wanted the money and the abbeys were very wealthy
  • Karl
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2009, 19:05
Great lighting and processing.
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Karl.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2009, 20:39
Oh folks, Bill is the meistertwiddler indeed, I don't know where allover he crawled around while we stayed there (Chris has also vanished for some time and we had to search for him!)in order to take this pic of Buckfast Abbey! I admit: The perspective is fantastic- geweldig, the stones have this honey-yellow colour, but, oh sorry, it was a sunny day with some gentle sky-blue, a lovely, peaceful place without any dramatic atmosphere you should leave touched by the love of God as the monks (22) promise! But Bill is right: It is a bit of an architectural twiddling, and therefore his twiddling of this holy place might not be called a sacrileg!
Yes, the Devonshire Cream Tea (for those who never enjoyed that: scones with 1. clotted cream and 2. strawberry jam- in only just this order- and green tea) was a real delight we had sadly to share with some wasps, but they didn't stick us after spoke a magic spell the benedictines handed down to us, but Chad, hé hoor, did kill some of them in a perverse-(literally) sweet way! I think he had to pray 3 paternoster and 5 rosaries!
Bill Phillips: This was taken not long after we got there and you were stood not far away. the sky was cloudy and quite dark, although I have exaggerated it. I don't think Chad actually killed the wasp but it was drunk on the jam! I am pleased you enjoyed the cream teasmile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 25 Aug 2009, 21:11
Great shot Bill love the hodgepodge of building styles, fantastic light
Bill Phillips: Cheers Tony. This is a functioning abbey and is an interesting place to visit.
great image Bill, love the drama in the skysmile
Bill Phillips: I tweaked the sky a little but is was quite dark!
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 25 Aug 2009, 22:04
Soberbio procesado aplicado en este grandioso castillo.
Saludos.
Bill Phillips: Gracias por sus amables comentarios.
Fantastic processing : A likey !!
Bill Phillips: Thanks so much...I'm blushinggrin

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