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Roche Abbey...

A re-working of an image I made in 2009 when the snow was here...

The abbey was founded in 1147. The co-founders of Roche were Richard de Busli, likely the great-nephew of the first Roger de Busli, the Norman magnate builder of Tickhill Castle, and Richard FitzTurgis. When the monks first arrived in South Yorkshire from Newminster Abbey in Northumberland, they chose the most suitable side of the stream that runs through the valley, on which to build their new Cistercian monastery.

Twenty-five years later, at the end of the century, the Norman Gothic great church had been finished, as well as most of the other buildings.

From the start, the Abbey of Roche, built for the so-called White Monks, as the Cistercians were known, had an almost otherworldly air. It was, after all, built at the northern end of an area once covered by Sherwood Forest, and it was said that Robin Hood went to Mass here.

The Roche Abbey records were lost or destroyed so there are no accounts of what went on in the abbey, other than there were 14 monks and an unknown number of novices at the time of dissolution in 1538.

Left in ruin, the land passed through many private hands until the 4th Earl of Scarbrough decided it needed revitalising to enhance his adjoining family seat at Sandbeck Park. Lord Scarborough enlisted the talents of Capability Brown.

With an astonishing disregard for history, Brown demolished buildings, built large earth mounds and turfed the whole site.[15] Until the end of the 19th century Roche Abbey remained buried beneath Brown's work and wooded parkland. But subsequent excavation in the 1920s returned Roche to its former splendour.

(c) Copyright Andy Milner 2011 All Rights Reserved
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The suggester says, "The ruins of the abbey stand out in stark contrast to the snow, and the overall effect of Roche Abbey... by =TheBaldingOne is a quiet majesty". ( Suggested by Gryffgirl and Featured by RockstarVanity )
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Morgan-Lou Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Congrats, well done :)
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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jowyn Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think I visited this place as a kid. Its a beautiful photo, you really did the site justice <3
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you... I pass it fairly often... sometimes with a mist round it but I forget to take the camera... :(
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RainySkyz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Writer
Congratulations, Andy! I already had this one in faves. It's great!
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Claudia... :)
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avalanchepark Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
excellent choice for DD - the color is so subtle and beautiful , particularly in contrast to the white , and the building itself is beautiful form made heroic in ruin
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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shamsi2011 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
great
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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cebinc Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome job! And thank you for the history lesson, I love it when photo's come with a story:D
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :) Me too... I try to add some info to my images if I possibly can... It helps set the image up to my mind... :)
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ShlomitMessica Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic editing!
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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TheMightySmoosh Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
that is so beautiful! It's so calm and surreal! I love the fragmentation!
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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mei96 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist
I love the colors.
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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Mission-46 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Beautiful and historic!!! Nice picture!!! Tc and God bless
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
For a second I thought this was a photo manipulation! It looks fantastic! And what a fascinating history--the idea that Robin Hood might have gone there is intriguing for us story lovers …

Thanks for sharing this!
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :) You're welcome, it's certainly not far from The Major Oak... :)
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PrinceAmongLadies Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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PrinceAmongLadies Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Skysong17 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is all kinds of beautiful!!!! :D
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :) It's a lovely place, set in a valley with a lake close to it...
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Skysong17 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That sounds super awesome!
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MySweetDarkness Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Beautiful !
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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nicolasjolly Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful work!
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Very nice style! Congratulations!
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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volker03 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work and the colours are great in this photo. Superb.
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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volker03 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome:-)
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Exyle-Studios Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Beautiful...
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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bignik726 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
superb Andy , lovely pic
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cheers Nick... :)
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FantasyMaker Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So sad that England has so many abbey ruins, eventhough they now look so magical and majestic... one can only imagine how it used to look back in the days...

good work! I thought it was a painting first! =)
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's funny because I often think that when taking photos of ruined places... I dont think we can comprehend the buildings in their entirety with furniture and whatever in them... Certainly Henry VIII has a lot to answer for with the wholesale destruction of lovely buildings...
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eldru Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful photo. I don't think it'd be the same without the snow!
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :) The snow definitely adds something to the place...
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eldru Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It really does! :dummy:
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Killio01 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! Love it! ^w^
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TheBaldingOne Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.. :)
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Killio01 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Quite welcome :)
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Danifox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Such amazing view
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