The Abbeys and Cathedrals
I got some abbeys and cathedrals, too; a few famous ruins among them.
The Abbey of Whitby in the mist.
Yes, there is a ruined church there - Whitby
Not the usual tourist website photos, I'm afraid, but they may be more realistic than the sunny ones. I'm sure Hild would have known a lot of that fog.
I had much better luck with the weather when I visited Rievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx is grand. It must have been a huge and busy place once and even the ruins are still impressive. Most remains of the church, but there are some considerable traces of the other buildings as well.
Rievaulx Abbey, remains of the main nave
I spent quite some time there photographing and then went on to another church that's not a ruin: Ripon Cathedral
Ripon Cathedral, the nave between west work and transept
There's a difference to German churches in the flat-roofed west towers, the larger crossing tower, and often the length of the nave on the side of the apse as well.
I had to wait out a funeral service for the interior shots, but I got some eventually.
Ripon Cathedral, view from side nave to the crossing
Ripon has a long and interesting history and I got more research set out for me. *sigh*
And there is lovely Lindisfarne
The Abbey of Lindisfarne
Less imposing that Rievaulx but a charming place, esp. in the sunshine. I was lucky to catch a low tide so I could get a taxi to drive me over.
And a big church in a small town, the St.Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall
St.Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, west front
This one is a fine example of Romanesque architecture. I especially loved the interior with its sturdy, red columns.
St.Magnus Cathedral, main nave
Luckily, Henry VIII never got that far. He left enough ruins in his wake as it is. Though they are nice camera fodder. :-)