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.
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
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.