Death-Defying Cistercians: Buildwas Abbey

Great picture and setting beside the river Severn.

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IMG_2625 Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire


I recently visited Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire, a site managed by English Heritage and staffed that day by one of its most friendly of employees.  Beside the River Severn, this is a perfect ruin of a 12th-century Cistercian house, suppressed in 1536 and adapted into a secular mansion.

It is truly a ‘perfect ruin’, together with woodland walks down to the river. It was a great stop-off en route back from Oxfordshire to North Wales. For me this was a real nostalgia visit, since I last went there as a kid myself. Here are some general pictures of this superb ruin with the neatly trimmed grass that typifies EH sites.

IMG_2533 The Chapter House

IMG_2504 The nave

IMG_2508 The cloister

IMG_2550 The tile floor in the Chapter House at Buildwas



I have previously aimed a broad criticism at many heritage sites for their denial or suppression of death: both with regard to…

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