Rufford Abbey by Ray Clarke

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Featured in “Nottingham and it’s shires” 18 October 2010
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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 20mm processed with photomatix

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  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous capture Ray, lovely light and colours.

  • Thanks for your comment Lynne!

    – Ray Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Thanks for your comment Kathy!

    – Ray Clarke

  • BCImages
    BCImagesalmost 5 years ago

    excellent ray

  • Thanks for your comment Steve & Lesley!

    – Ray Clarke

  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasalmost 5 years ago

    Great place, great image!

  • Thank you your comments are always welcome!

    – Ray Clarke

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKalmost 5 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!

  • Thank you !

    – Ray Clarke

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyalmost 5 years ago

    great capture Ray

  • Thanks for commenting Trevor

    – Ray Clarke

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks Polly!

    – Ray Clarke

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

    A stunning place…beautifully photographed.

  • Thank you for your comment!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 5 years ago

    Picture-perfect Ray .. beautiful light, detail and setting!

  • Thanks for commenting Susie!

    – Ray Clarke

    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thanks for commenting Justart!

    – Ray Clarke

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