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Battle Abbey School [Aug. 18th, 2018|09:04 am]
Tony Grist
Henry VIII gave Battle Abbey to his sidekick Anthony Browne and Browne demolished the bits he didn't need- like the church- and converted what was left- mainly the gatehouse and Abbot's lodging- into an elegant country house. The habitable bits of the Abbey are now a private school- and you can view them from the grounds (which belong to English Heritage) but you can't go inside.


[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-08-18 01:41 pm (UTC)
It's still a most imposing building and even moreso against what look like stormy skies.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-18 04:31 pm (UTC)
It wasn't exactly stormy. What you're seeing is a combination of a cloudy sky plus afternoon sunlight.

The abbey sits on a hill. It must have been a wonderful sight in its prime. The church- of which nothing now exists but a ground plan and a roofless crypt- was enormous.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-08-19 07:10 am (UTC)
What a gorgeous building!

I love that second shot, where you can see traces of an adjoining range...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-19 07:33 am (UTC)
Just to the right of the vanished range you can see the beginning of what used to be the cloisters.
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