Beneath Your Feet: Tiled floor of a Cistercian Abbey Chapter House

Here are some old tiles on the floor in the Chapter House at the ruined Cistercian Buildwas Abbey (in Shropshire, England).  Not strictly speaking beneath my feet, as visitors are not allowed to walk on them, but I was right at the side of these wonderful remnants of the past:

Buildwas Chapter House floor

Buildwas Chapter House floor

Buildwas tiled floor detail

Buildwas tiled floor detail

See more examples of Beneath Your Feet here.



  1. Fascinating floor… 🙂

  2. Wow. What is the date of these? The designs are so similar to those in countries far to the south. Some designs seem to be spontaneously universal – no way to explain the close similarity in some areas unless there were early early trade routes or migrations we have not discovered yet. I’m convinced we don’t have all the clues put together yet
    (I’m the one always lugging suitcases of old old discarded tiles…some found in trash heaps or gutters as new buildings were constructed. Too beautiful to leave them there after someone created them with such skill and care)
    Fabulous pictures

  3. That floor is an art work in itself, love it, Sue!

  4. I love to imagine the people who have walked on those tiles over the centuries, and what may have happened on and around those floors. Very nice Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. I too like to think of who walked these beautiful tiles! Gorgeous Sue!

  6. These are pretty cool. I haven’t managed to visit Buildwas Abbey yet! Each and every time I have gone there it has been closed!

  7. History and fragments of beauty combined – works for me Sue!

  8. Sue, what a great find!


  9. Fascinating and beautiful.

  10. These are fantastic! I love the colors and textures. So often I forget to even look down where my feet are walking – I miss out on a lot. I need to look beneath my feet more often 🙂

  11. Such lovely fragments! The shades are wonderful, Sue 🙂

  12. These are so beautiful and perfect for the challenge. I love the way history shows itself in the worn tiles yet still so much colour showing through even now…

  13. I love thhe almost random abstract quality of the close-up…

  14. I see I have visited you before 🙂 Never did get to Buildwas. And this floor is sumptious. Maybe I need to have a week back in Shropshire. Fill in the gaps.

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