Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Twekesbury Abbey

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We travelled to Teweksbury Abbey between Christmas and New Year; sadly it was for the funeral of Mr Uphilldowndale’s Godfather.

The Abbey was gloriously decorated for Christmas, I’ve just few camera snaps, taken after the service, but I think you can see what I mean

Christmas Abbey

The music, especially the singing, was very special: members of the Ebor Singers had made it through the ice and fog to sing. It was quite magical and gave me goose bumps.

The low winter sun, made the stained glass look spectacular.

Felix funeral 3

As it was a cold, foggy and icy day, we were please to find two of the these  imposing Gurney heaters, installed in the abbey in 1875 

Gurney heater

Even with such beasts of heaters, I was so glad I’d worn my winter coat. ( I nearly didn’t take my coat, just a jacket as I have a habit of being the overdressed northerner at family occasions south of Birmingham!)

As music is in the DNA of Mr UHDD’s family, so is an interest and admiration of the manufacture of such a magnificent piece of engineering.  Mr UHDD couldn’t resist a closer look at its  inner workings. His Godfather would have thought it a commendable curiosity, of that I’m quite sure.

Gurney heater 2

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

3 thoughts on “Twekesbury Abbey

  1. The abbey is beautiful, and I enjoyed poking around their site a bit. But I must say — I enjoyed seeing that heater, too. My appreciation is probably greater than usual because I just finishing wrapping some plants and bringing others indoors because we are to have three nights of below freezing temperatures. Not too far north — maybe thirty miles — there’s a hard freeze warning, and some flakes of snow were seen in the far suburbs. This is An Occasion, as you might imagine.

    I’m sorry for your loss. Please give Mr. UHDD my condolences. But how lovely it must have been, to have the service in such a beautiful place.

  2. Good post, wonderful pictures and interesting links. xx

  3. Wonderful post…and it did remind me of a visit of my own to another cathedral – in Hereford. See attached pic!
    Warmer In The Cathedral
    Many thanks for your visit and kind comment.
    D

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