Pleasure of Ruins / 10 Buildwas Abbey

A marvellous old ruin that quite surprised me when I decided to visit en route to a friend in the Midlands. Buildwas Abbey was founded in 1135 as a Savignac monastery, and there is still a fair sized ruin to  see  today.

I was lucky with a sunny July day, almost exactly 6 years ago.

Alas, I did not get any information, plus the iPad was playing up, so these images are not titled.

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The penultimate image is of the Chapter House, showing the marvellous vaulted ceiling. And here is an image of some tiles on the floor of the Chapter House:

Buildwas tiled floor detail



  1. Left a comment in the new box above. Not sure which one to use. 🙂

  2. Yes, I see that box too. Don’t know what that’s about. Anyway, these black and white ruins photos are wonderful, Sue, and I adore the colorful floor tiles. 🙂

  3. Beautiful – and those tiles are lovely. I do not see any box…?

  4. (In the box and here!) A spectacular series of photos. The vaulted ceiling is indeed splendid.

  5. Looks stunning, Sue! I didn’t have much visiting time at the weekend so I’ve popped back this morning. (can’t beat a bit of drizzle 🙂 )

  6. Odd. The box for commenting appears directly under the post along with Name: Email: Website: comment box and submit. BUT if I scroll down to the end of the comments already posted I find your usual ‘Over to you… comment box. WP playing about again? I have seen these boxes before on other websites and on Gilly’s it even thought I wasn’t logged in to WP even though I was because I’d been editing a post! Strange goings on. ANYWAY – love the photos. I really should have visited Buildwas whilst in the area.

    • Sue

      Apropos that box – I take it that has occurred just for this post , with a gallery – not for previous posts?
      Anyway, glad you like the photos of Buildwas! I had the place almost to myself…. (And Haughmond was deserted)

  7. Excellent architectural images of this fascinating monastery, Sue. Love them in monochrome.

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