Hailes Abbey


Architecture, out and about


abbey, autumn, church, fall, ruins


13th-century Cistercian abbey

Once a Cistercian abbey, founded in 1246 by Richard of Cornwall and dissolved Christmas Eve 1539, Hailes never housed large numbers of monks but had extensive and elaborate buildings.

It was financed by pilgrims visiting its renowned relic, 'the Holy Blood of Hailes' - allegedly a phial of Christ's blood.

Read more: Winter Cometh...

Not mushroom in there...

Well, it is autumn after all...

Eastern Range

From here , you're looking inwards towards the cloister. The arches once led into various rooms.

Fallen Arches?

Shortly after I took this picture I twisted my ankle very badly indeed!

Chapter House

Standing in the Chapter house, facing the Cloister

Into the church

This archway once led from the church into the closters ofd the abbey building proper. In the background is the visitors center but "back in the day" would have been the "Quire" This is mid 13th century

Northern Range

Beyond this wall was teh churches Nave. Apparently these arches would have been bookshelves... how can they know that?!?!


This is shot through what would have been a window from the covered cloister into the open cloister

Abbots Lodging

Inside the Abbots lodge, the three arches are all that remains of the Eastern inner range.


Yes, its a real word!


When I took this picture my ankle was a bit swollen and very painful but somehow I felt I couldn't really complain.

Fallen Tree

I think this tree must have fallen through and knocked this wall down. It's growing in what would have been the nave.

Through The Arches Window

The light was transitioning from golden to bluey grey and the arch offered forground shadow while the tree is still lit by sunlight, I liked the contrast, not to mention the ready made frame.


This chap is standing in the vestry

Dining hall

The southern range of the abbey, looking across what would have been the monk's refrectory

Dining room

Looking north over the refrectory, across the cloister and beyond.


Taken looking south from what would have been the Nave

Cloistered Too

Looking through the dorway of the Refrectory towards the "church"

Lean on me!

Just in case it's not clear, the wall is leaning to the left!