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Posted on March 15, 2016 by Sioux under General
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The area I was staying in is also home to some lovely winding lanes and many small churches and some monastery ruins – perfect for people with cameras and a penchant for photographing landscapes, ruins and old churches! Opposite the small Norman church is the Hailes Abbey, the ruins of a monastery, as well as a field that the dogs love running in. So while they ran I took photos.

 

The church was built in about 1135 and stands in a small, curved churchyard, which may be the remnant of a medieval ringwork. Ralph de Worcester did what many Norman lords did – they sized the land he desired and built a castle and church on the land. It is still intact and, although beautiful from the outside, apparently the inside is something to behold and takes you back in time by a few centuries. Sadly it was locked so I couldn’t get in. Photos from outside had to suffice.

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As we were in a farmers fields, there was a cow trough nearby and the two dogs made good use of the fact that it was filled to the brim to sate their thirsts.

The Abbey across the fields was established in 1245/46 by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, as thanks to god for saving him from a shipwreck. His son, Edmund apparently gifted a vial of Christ’s blood to the Cistercian monks at the Abbey. This made Hailes Church a popular destination for pilgrims during the medieval period. The blood was later declared to be nothing more than duck blood, which was replaced regularly to keep it looking fresh.The Abbey was ordered to be dissolved according to King Henry VIII’s Dissolution Act of 1536 and the monks surrendered their Abbey on Christmas Eve of 1539. Part of the Abbey was taken over by the Tracy family in the 17th century, but sadly all that now remains are a few arches and walls.

 

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