Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, England
Abbeys tend to be far less ornate than cathedrals but no less grand in their design. Tewkesbury Abbey is a good example with its huge open nave and massive simple unadorned pilars. Here there is beauty in simplicity and a peace in the openness. Simple. Elegant. Beautiful.
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England
Most people are familiar with Anthony Gormley’s statutes on Crosby beach which are engulfed by the incoming tide bit may not be familiar with the same concept in Winchester Cathedral. Here one of Gormley’s figures stands in the crypt silently contemplating a cup of water in it’s hands. During wet weather the crypt floods and the stature stands knee deep in water much as those on Crosby beach. Unfortunately it is next to impossible to get a photograph at that point as the crypt is closed to visitors when flooded.
St. Mary & St. Nicholas Church, Wilton, Nr. Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
The church in Wilton is a fantastic 'Italianate' church built between 1841 and 1844 at the instigation of the Countess of Pembroke and her younger son Baron Herbert of Lea. Inside is a magnificence of colour with marble imported from Italy but outside is classic Romanesque architecture. Here is one of the side entrances to the church, a colonnaded walkway with classic highly decorated archways. Beautiful.