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Rufford Abbey Approach by Ray Clarke
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Rufford abbey is a English Heritage Property

In the heart of Robin Hood Country lies Rufford Abbey. Once one of the great private estates in Sherwood Forest it includes a country park with large areas of woodland and parkland criss-crossed with footpaths.The 12th Century Rufford Abbey was founded by Cistercian monks and later transformed for the Talbot and Savile families into a grand country house.

The Cistercian order was noted for its spartan way of life and its strict religious beliefs. The monk’s lives consisted of work, study and prayer. By the middle of the 14th Century, the abbey was struggling to continue because of the dwindling number of monks. Rufford was one of the first to go when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries around 1536 because of its poverty and run down state.

Later the Crown granted the abbey to the Talbot family, one of England’s richest and most powerful families. George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, transformed it into a grand country house.
Taken with Canon 20D sigma 10-20mm lens at 10mm processed with photomatix

Top ten place “English Heritage & National Trust” July 2011

Featured in “Religious Architecture”


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Comments

  • Clive
    Cliveover 4 years ago

    Great POV, great image, great artist, fantastic shot Ray

  • Thank for your wonderful comment Clive!

    – Ray Clarke

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot, would be lovely to visit

  • Your comment are always appricated Justart!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyover 4 years ago

    great image Ray

  • Thank you for your comment Trevor!

    – Ray Clarke

  • geoff curtis
    geoff curtisover 4 years ago

    Been there many times Ray, you’ve captured this really well.

  • Thanks for your lovely comment Geoff!

    – Ray Clarke

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot…love the long walkway leading to the Abbey!

  • Thank you for your comment!

    – Ray Clarke

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Your co-hosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 4 years ago


    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Thank you

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture Ray.

  • Your comment is much appricated Don!

    – Ray Clarke

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