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The Kitchen

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 29 December 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Monks lived a simple life with just enough food to keep body and soul together, apart from the abbot that is. He would entertain guests staying there quite lavishly with many courses accompanied with wine. This interesting octagonal building, the only one on the site still intact, is his kitchen. The spire at the centre serves the purpose of a chimney to vent the smoke from the cooking fires. The rest of the Abbey buildings were pillaged during the reformation.
There are some rather interesting trees on the site besides the Glastonbury Thorn (posted on Christmas Day). The tree on the left of the frame is a Ginkgo.

NIKON COOLPIX P7000 1/900 second F/4.0 ISO 100 55 mm (35mm equiv.)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nicely composed shot and interesting history, it's an interesting place to visit

29 Dec 2011 5:29am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

A beautiful building ....................

29 Dec 2011 9:46am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Amen

29 Dec 2011 10:23am

@CElliottUK: Benedictus Benedictator:)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

A beautiful and well-composed scene with an interesting bit of history. Of course, all the but the man in charge led a meager life. Well done, Grouser.

29 Dec 2011 2:31pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Octoganal plant rather resembles a chapel ... an excellent kitchen building. The vegetation is also amazing ... The ginkgo is a marvel. I love this tree. At home I had a bonsai that was ... Best regards, Adela

29 Dec 2011 2:45pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A very interesting historic site. The kitchen has such a fine shape. A fine capture.

29 Dec 2011 3:39pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An interesting post. Can it be long before Gordon Ramsey opens a restaurant in one of these? ;-)

29 Dec 2011 5:48pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Nice architecture shot, and an interesting explanation

29 Dec 2011 6:31pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonder if they invented the idea of an island hob in this unusually shaped kitchen?

29 Dec 2011 7:06pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

interesting looking building G.

29 Dec 2011 8:56pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

29 Dec 2011 9:44pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A fascinating building and interesting history ... well captured!

29 Dec 2011 10:38pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

bel endroit, belle photo.

1 Jan 2012 9:24pm

NIKON COOLPIX P7000
1/900 second
F/4.0
ISO 100
55 mm (35mm equiv.)

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