Image via WikipediaMy sister in law and i visited a nearby small town called Wyndham. There is a huge old Abbey there, a walk through woods by a small river.
there is also a brilliant little clothes shop with tea shop (like Loopy Lorna's in Edinburgh but smaller) including an outside courtyard to sit in. amazing clothes some of them created out of several other garments - quite individual. just looking though. we both wishes we were 20 years younger and slightly slimmer like we used to be! The tea was good tho. then next stop was the old fashioned sweetie shop were we bought real fruit jellies, some amazing mint things and some outstanding ginger cream things.
Wymondham Abbey to give it its proper name, was first of all a monastery founded in 1107 by William D'Albini. In 1448 it became an Abbey. During the dissolution of Henry VIII the monastic buildings were demolished as well as part of the church - so it is now half its original size.
There are two wooden vaulted ceilings, one above the chapel, the main higher one obviously in the main church, which are quite outstanding. anyway i always find the old architecture amazing, and the atmosphere in these ancient churches quite powerful.
and part of the ruins
a walk by the river through the woods
and the arts centre (converted old church)