Llanthony Priory in the Vale of Ewyas, within the Black Mountains area of the Brecon Beacons National Park south east Wales.
An Augustinian Priory until the dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII.
As can be seen from the J.M.W Turner picture below, between 1794 & 2019 the site has reduced in size considerably.
(From Tate Images & Google)
The artist J.M.W Turner’s 1794 painting of Llanthony Priory
In the early 1100s a Norman nobleman, Walter de Lacy, took shelter from a rainstorm in a ruined chapel. Inspired by its remoteness and serenity, he decided to build a church. Others were soon drawn there, finding it a place for solitary prayer, and by 1118 a group of monks from England converted it to Llanthony Priory.
Llanthony’s isolation placed the Priory in a vulnerable position, not helped by the local inhabitants resenting the English monks occupying Welsh land. They repeatedly attacked the building; it was also targeted by thieves, so by 1135 the monks were forced to retreat over the border to Gloucester where they founded Llanthony Secunda. Between 1186 and 1217, again probably around 1325 building work took place allowing the Priory to become fully functional again and on Palm Sunday, April 4, 1327, Edward II visited. Its regained status was not to last, in the early 15th century it was attacked yet again, this time by the Welsh prince Owain Glyndwr as part of his campaign to recapture Welsh land from the English. This started a period of decline and the Priory finally closed in 1538 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII.
Cup & stone – from my files.
The third section of the abandoned buildings on the Castle Howard Estate.
As can be seen from the dull & overcast sky; the weather has not been kind, but it is nice being able to get away and spend some time in the area. Infact will probably spend the next couple of months going back & fore as there is a lot going on for spring and early summer. The Castle Howard house, grounds, gardens & several events are not to be missed.
Another abandoned building on the Castle Howard Estate.
An interesting building opposite the one in the previous post.
Left to slowly deteriorate and if it wasn’t for the robust construction and intact roof, would surely soon be beyond reclamation.
Derelict buildings on the Castle Howard Estate North Yorkshire.
A rather dull & overcast day, but at least it was not raining.
Detritus of abandoned buildings No2.
From my colour files.
The detritus of abandoned buildings.
From my colour files.
A rather dilapidated building in Mirbat.
From my colour files
Tower Tombs at Shir/Jaylah.
From my files: I made several visits after hearing reports by locals describing towers & later reports from a helicopter pilot who noted these strange towers while flying over the area.
See link below for a very detailed and interesting report by: Paul Yule and Gerd Weisgerber on these and other tombs in Oman. Well worth a read.
Link: Tombs in Oman.
Intricately carved door.
Nikon D800 with Afs 35mm f1.4G.
I have a B&W version of this door made around November 2014 : where does the time go !
Nikon F4 / Nikkor 50mm f1.8 D AF on Ilford HP5 Plus.
Another from my negative files.
The building where this was made no longer exists: water erosion and general neglect took its toll.
Mud brick buildings at some of the ruins in Oman have suffered with the last two major cyclonic storms Gonu & Phet. Mud brick is very strong but needs constant attention if it is not to erode during heavy rain storms.
Reprinted from an earlier post, some minor changes of tonality and contrast.
Abandoned village of Tanuf – bombed during the Jebel Akhdar war of 1952 – 59.
Aflaj – old & new: unfortunately cement has replaced some of the traditional construction.
Made with Yashica 124G on T-max 400 @ iso 320.
From my files back in 2010.
How long before the lock is on its own?
This door has seen many attempts at repair, I think it’s in the last stages of abandonment & decay.
Sentinels stand guard over a Bronze-age Archæology site.
A small lookout tower: these towers of various sizes are quite common all over Northern Oman, a sign of previously troubled times.
Steps above arched alcove: Oman.
The problem with checking files after all my stuff was delivered from Oman is finding images that I had forgotten about.
I had a habit of using my Digital camera for colour, then moving the lens to a film camera for B&W. As long as I did not disturb the tripod, I was able to get exactly the same image on film. A laborious task you may think, but if someone saw me change cameras (especially when it was the D800 to Nikon F2SB) it always ended in a conversation about how old the camera was. Gosh you still use film, I remember my Father or my Mother had a film camera. You must visit my village and take coffee & dates, I will show you some good places for photographs. That statement was gold dust ! I have lost count of the times I had been shown a place I didn’t know existed.
The one thing I take away from Oman is the hospitality given to visitors/strangers: I miss the welcoming face combined with “can I help you?” or “please come and have coffee” we don’t have that here.