061226.Nympsfield, Chapel Snowflake Rose Window in the Gothic Flamboyant Style

December 26, 2006 at 6:54 AM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, Cloisters, Light and Shadow, Nymsfield, Stained Glass | 6 Comments

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This window was designed by Benjamin Bucknall and heavily influenced by French Gothic-enthusiast Violet-le-Duc, who even sent over French glaziers to put in the white “pre-stained” glass for the initial construction phases. The chapel is the grandest room in Woodchester Mansion, but it has been severely damaged by a failed rainwater drainage system. Ho, ho, ho!

061205.Bath, Prayin’ Late

December 5, 2006 at 4:02 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Blogroll, Cathedrals and churches, Chisel Marks, Christmas, Cloisters, Conservation, Light and Shadow, somerset, Stained Glass, Tabernacles, Towers | 9 Comments

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Title ammedment: OK, this is England and no one prays anymore. These are the Bath Abbey Cloister windows. But what used to be the Cloisters of Bath Abbey is now the Abbey’s Gift Shop and offices, so this post should really be titled “Workin’ Late 2” – but where’s the fun in that?

In any event, there is a second connection between today’s and yesterday’s posts since yesterday was the site’s 75th, and today is another birthday. This time congratulations and birthday greetings go out to a loyal (much-younger-than-75) BDP viewer. One of her favorite posts was a similarly themed closeup of a church window. I took it on my fifth day in the city and since it was posted early on when I had some issues in terms of sizing, I’ve reloaded the photo to make it look decent.
Another post she liked was the Pilgrim Cow in Glastonbury, which will similarly be upgraded (shortly).

061203.Bath, Christmas Fair Around the Abbey

December 3, 2006 at 8:29 PM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Christmas, Cloisters, Food, people, somerset | 5 Comments

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The market is packed. Busses bring folks in from around the area. The large coaches are decorated and parked everywhere.

I heard it was the second largest Christmas Fair in England, and runs for two weeks. It stretches from Kingston Sq (the former cloisters) to the Abbey Green and down several streets, as well as being in the Guildhall. It’s really a large fair and I hope I can get back there. There didn’t seem to be too much interesting items on display, mostly candles and other Christmas junk but there were a few good free samples. I went for the food and bought a “Grand Marnier crepe” out of curiosity. They put the alcohol in at the end so it didn’t evaporate.

061003.Wells, Cathedral Cloisters

October 17, 2006 at 7:58 PM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, Cats, Cloisters, Heraldry, Stained Glass, Wells | 3 Comments

I was trying to get a good shot of the cemetery within the Cloister square when this cat brushed up against me. I was the only person there and have no idea if it permanently resides in the cloisters.

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