I'm writing a novel about Cinaed mac Ailpin, the 9th century King of Pictavia (which was to become Scotland). This is a space for recording nuggets of research. Please feel welcome to get involved in the comments. I'm over on twitter too @GUGAW

Sunday, 15 February 2015

RAMBLING AROUND THE RUINS OF 12TH CENTURY LESNES ABBEY

The remains of Lesnes Abbey near Woolwich, London.  Founded in 1178 by Richard de Luci, supposedly in penance for his role in the murder of Thomas Becket.  Dissolved by Cardinal Wolsey in 1536.

Most of the abbey has been demolished but you can still get a good sense for the layout of the buildings.  The contrast of the ancient abbey ruins against the tower blocks of south east London was...not so pretty.  I wanted to imagine a time with no tower blocks so shot most of the pictures sans blocks, though you might see they crept into a couple of the shots.







The 'kitchen' hatch




And exploring for lichens and mosses in the abbey woods...













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