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Mottisfont Abbey

This time last year, Mrs P and I were watching the last series of the Tudors. Mrs P was shocked at how the Catholic monks and nuns were brutally  kicked out of their monasteries and convents. She was equally shocked at the shenanigans of the higher echelons of Catholicism in the Borgias too. Of course, we have to bear in mind that these shows tend to favour entertainment over historical accuracy. But to be fair, the regime of Henry VIII was far more brutal and gory than a television show would ever dare try to replicate.

But little did Mrs P know that a year later she would get to wander around one of those monasteries. Mottisfont Abbey was one of the lucky survivors though, saved from destruction, modified, added to and turned into a stately home. There must be a monkish ghost or two still wandering the halls though. It’s also a National Trust property, so it’s free! Well we are paid up members, so we didn’t have to pay any extra. Click here to see my photos on Flickr. Many of which were taken with my cell phone. Most of which, in fact. I should remember to charge my camera.


10 thoughts on “Mottisfont Abbey

    • I will pass on your compliments – she always appreciates them. And we’ve been really very lucky with the weather since we arrived. It’s been one stunningly mild winter.


  1. Andean says:

    The beauty of these structures inside and out never ceases to amaze me. An incredible feeling when you enter the building unique to anything else, awe and peacefulness. Always feel the need to whisper… maybe the ghosts left wandering around are listening…
    Nice photo tour!


    • I know what you mean about the whispering. It’s very instinctive. It’s never long before someone whsipers “why are we whispering?”. No one will know. But we’ll all continue to whisper anyway.


    • That was a war we English managed to largely steer clear of. Although we did dip our toes in the water, as always. On that occasion the water was a little warm for our liking. Leaving our European cousins to finish it off without us was a jolly good call….


  2. But you did get a rollicking Dumas tale out of that war. Of course, an English Duke as the lover of the French Queen is a far better story than Buckingham’s failed military adventures. Or should I say an English Duke who may have also been the lover of the English queen named James I? But that would merely be a vile rumor. Maybe Mrs. P’s view of the silly Stuarts could be redeemed through its telling.


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