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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

The South Walk

The South walk forms part of the cloisters of Westminster Abbey. This section was rebuilt in the mid 1300's after being destroyed by fire some 100 years earlier.
Once a place where monks spent much of their time pursing leisure activities including playing games and entertaining 'ladies of rank'.
Years later it was a hangout for beggars and gamblers.
A cleanup and extensive renovations took place in the 1800's.

18 comments:

Babzy said...

It's a lovely place !

Leif Hagen said...

Great photo! The arches, lines, angles! I walked thru there in February with my Swedish cousin during a 7 hour layover en route to Bangalore!

B SQUARED said...

My favorite memories of London are from The Abbey. One can feel history and echos of the past.

Karine said...

The abbey is right the top of my list of things to visit when I come to London one day!

On another note...if only things were still built to last like back then!!!

Brianna said...

I love this part of the Abbey. I walk through here and always try to envision the "what it used to be". Great pic.

Not quite there yet... said...

What a great shot! I also appreciate your history lessons.
And I thought my house was old, built in 1979.

Sharon said...

Lovely shot. I remember walking this hall a few years ago!

William Wallace said...

I find it an amazing place from which to escape the mayhem and craziness of central London.

Asta said...

Hi Mo,

Wonderful picture!
I had no idea that the Abbey had also been an early edition of a casino-:)
I was there a coupple of years ago, and it really is worth a visit. Magnificant building.

Best regards
Asta

Ivy said...

You always teach us the best bits. Thanks!

Rolf said...

I have never been inside Westminster Abbey , I want to go inside there next time, I really hope it will be a next time for me in London

marley said...

Almost as nice as the ones in Gloucester cathedral ;)

Vogon Poet said...

I've not been there lately, for what I remember a great place to walk and feel the past around you. Beautiful image, great vaults and windows.

Tammy said...

This was a highlight to see when I was visiting. Just think of all the people through history that walked these halls.

Gillian said...

I was a lihlun when I last visited the Abbey. Would love to go back to really appreciate it.

Per Stromsjo said...

Looks like a place which could not easily be destroyed by fire anymore.

Amy said...

Gosh I love the renaissance style architecture

KTS said...

I remember from my last visit to the Abbey that the cloisters and chapels were all really cold (not surpising, as floors, walls, benches, and ceilings are all made of stone.) Wonder if the "ladies of rank" had to be really well-bundled when visiting?

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