Saturday 28th June 2014
Today was a marathon photo session. After lunch I took Dad to my Aunt’s and then drove into Christchurch with the aim of photographing Christchurch Priory. My first problem was parking. Christchurch was packed. So after driving round for about 15 minutes I eventually parked at Waitrose and walked through the town towards the Priory.
When you look at the following photos one thing to bear in mind is that the Priory is now a parish church. I overheard one of the volunteers in the Priory say it is the largest parish church in England. I can believe it: it is cathedral-sized. The original church on this site was established in the 7th century. However, in 1094 it was replaced and the building of the current church, part of an Augustinian monastery, commenced. The majority of the architecture is therefore Romanesque (or Norman). However, the later parts of the church, such as the Quire and the Lady Chapel, are in the later Perpendicular (Gothic) style.
So, back to the photos. This is the Priory from the North.
The west end and tower.
The Nave, looking east.
The altar with the Quire and Lady Chapel beyond.
The South Aisle: look at those beautiful, rounded Norman arches.
I loved this: it is the Children’s Church in the North Trancept.
The Lady Chapel (note the change to Gothic architecture).
The Chidiock Tomb Chest next to the Lady Chapel.
Memorial to Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (neither of whom are buried here).
So, that is the Priory, or at least some of my photos of it. I have lots of photos from today, so as usual, if you want to take a look, please feel free to hop on over to my Flickr stream. All of today’s photos are in an album called ‘Christchurch, Dorset’.
I actually took the photos of the outside and inside of the Priory about an hour apart, as when I arrived a wedding was in progress. So while I waited for the Priory to re-open I wandered round.
In the Priory grounds is this sculpture by Jonathan Sells to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the building of the Priory.
Some of the details are great.
From the Priory grounds I wandered down to the River Stour, past Place Mill. This is a restored Anglo Saxon mill that was mentioned in the Doomesday Book (1086). The Anglo Saxon period ended in 1066 with the arrival of William the Conqueror, which was the start of the Norman period.
And so onto the river.
Looking up river.
And looking down river.
There was a rowing regatta on.
And in the sunshine it was lovely walking along the gardens next to the river.
Before heading back to the Priory to take the inside shots.
After which I left the Priory…
And walked back down the High Street.
Where I took one last photo of what I think is the old town hall.
A good day’s photography 🙂 And thanks to my wonderful camera for having an HDR facility which allowed me to take those interior shots, and to Lightroom for adjusting the aspects of the building and interior photos to remove the converging verticals.
A year ago today
I went for a night-time walk on Upton Heath.