Church of St. Mary and St. Martin. At Blyth by Ray Clarke

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Shot taken Yesterday March 1st at Blyth Notinghamshire. On the way back from Hodsock Priory.
The priory church of St. Mary and St. Martin is one of the oldest examples of Norman architecture in the country. It was part of a Benedictine monastery founded in 1088. This priory was founded by Roger de Builli of Tickhill Castle, one of William the Conqueror’s followers.
The founder and later benefactors endowed Blyth with lands, money and churches. It was staffed at first by monks from the Mother House, Holy Trinity Priory at Rouen France. In 1286 Thomas Russel had to be returned to Rouen because of his intolerable conduct and also John de Belleville, as the climate did not suit him. There are other records of the unruly conduct of French monks.
During a visitation of the priory in 1536 it was alleged that five of the monks were guilty of grave offences and it was surrendered. George Dalton, the Prior, received a pension of twenty marks, and this seems to have been the only pension awarded. The net annual income at the date of the surrender was £180. (£70,000 as of 2010),1
After the Dissolution the east part of the church was demolished and a tower built at the west end of the nave.(information from Wikipedia)
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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    a beautiful Church Ray.x

  • Thank you Catherine, it is a very beautiful old church

    – Ray Clarke

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Polly

    – Ray Clarke

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    Oh lovely photography. You have caught the feel of winter so well.

  • Thank you so much for your comment Anna!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 4 years ago


  • Thank you for looking and for your comment Svetlana!

    – Ray Clarke

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago


  • Thank you for your commnet

    – Ray Clarke

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot Ray, great lighting on the Church with the threatening sky makes a really interesting image.

  • Thanks for your kind words Bob!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 4 years ago

    Beautiful Church and capture, Ray!!

  • – Ray Clarke

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot of this great looking church, nicely composed!!

  • – Ray Clarke

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image,
    well captured, Ann

  • – Ray Clarke

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    great capture Ray

  • – Ray Clarke

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