Pictures from Melrose Abbey taken on the way up to Scotland at end of July

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This wasn’t the first abbey in Melrose; the earlier abbey, of which Cuthbert was an abbot, was about 2 miles east of the current site.


Looking up the quire to the amazingly delicate east window.

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The monastery fell into decline in the 16th C and part of the abbey was converted to a parish church at the start of the 17th C. Clearly their faith didn’t extend to the ancient stonework, and the undelicate chunky vaulting was added to the original Gothic architecture.

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The transepts.

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(L) North transept from above. (R) The cloisters.

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(L) Part of the sophisticated drainage system, with the Commendator’s House to the right,  (R) flowers growing in the abbey grounds.


The nave of the abbey, with its fantastic carvings, including a not-terribly-convincing bagpipe-playing pig.


The centre of the small town of Melrose.

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A couple of pictures from a walk in the Hebden Bridge area: (L) cricket players and (R) washing lines out in the streets.

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Swinsty reservoir [53 58 32 N, 1 42 8 W].


The delightful Washburn Heritage Centre on the banks of the reservoir.

Melrose Abbey & Extras