Mount Grace priory ~ part 3


Today we’ll have a look at bits and bobs around the grounds of the priory.

The Inner court was occupied on 3 sides by service buildings. This is where they baked bread and brewed beer.

The Kiln House & Granary

The Kiln House & Granary

The Gatehouse is the oldest building in the Inner Court built in about 1400, the gates though are modern.  It did have an upper storey but that was dismantled during renovations to the guest house next to it.

The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse

View from Inner Court to the Priory

View from Inner Court to the Priory

There is a beauty of a Yew tree (think it’s a Yew) in the Inner Court..

Yew Tree

Yew Tree

and I could walk right inside it

Trunks of the Yew

Trunks of the Yew

In the North East Corner of the Great Cloister we found the well house. The water runs from here and fed a central water tower via lead pipes and then on to each Monks cell! Medieval plumbing rocks! They had a few springs and well houses back in the day, some to flush the outdoor loos in each Monks Garden (see previous post) and some for the rest of the priory service buildings etc.

The Well House

The Well House

modern well house :D

modern well house 😀

Monks cells

Monks cells

In one of the gardens we found these stones which must be part of the demolished bits.

spare parts

spare parts

another interesting tree..

Hidey Hole

Hidey Hole

Looking up at the Priory is this modern statue of the Madonna & Child by Malcolm Brocklesby…

Ummm

Madonna & Child

The inscription reads “This Madonna is not the meek and subservient figure portrayed in many renaissance works, but a determined and intelligent young woman who understands the wonder and the importance of her calling; she is also aware of the suffering that this will entail. The figure of the Madonna is integral with that of the Cross, which is an inescapable part of her existence, and the way in which she holds the Christ Child high suggests the subsequent Ascension rather than the immediate prospect of a sacrificial death.” Which is fine I guess. Art and all that 🙂

To the Guest House

To the Guest House

Some poppies in the grounds near the gatehouse..

poppy bloom

poppy bloom

Inner Poppy

Inner Poppy

poppies to be

poppies to be

Chatting poppies

Shall we kiss?

So that’s it for today. No expeditions this weekend, but have been adding to the SX70 project which you can access from the menu if you are interested in polaroid shenanigans.

Also one of my flickr contacts is now doing a blog here on wordpress, his portrait and light painting works are great, he’s a really good photographer and you can find  him at Flatworldsedge. Tell him I sent you 🙂

laters gaters

😉

Categories: castles & ruins, Church, Fuji, History, medieval, photography, uncategorisedTags: , , , ,

12 comments

  1. I’ll take a look to your friend 😉 the tree in “Hidey Hole” seems a yummy scary face yelling with fangs : [ , the trees are great.

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  2. Hi Fraggy, I’m digesting this slowly, fantastic pics of course ;)!! The buildings are so unique , I am especially fond of the Madonna and that history ! Certainly simplifies things doesn’t it ?;) a beautiful piece of art for sure .
    Love those poppies . And all the demolished bits.. Just withering away.. Eh?
    All so very interesting !!! Thank you for sharing this awesome adventure . Have a great week 😘

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  3. I definitely think they should. I love these flowers. The best red I could imagine. Beautiful photos and lots of interesting information. Thanks. Reinhold

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  4. Hehe…love the poppies…and thanks for the tour, great stuff.

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  5. There is something so attractive about the old stones contrasting with the new greens. Beautiful

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  6. That is one electric poppy! A great week to you 🙂

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