Whalley and the parish church of St. Mary and All Saints, East Lancashire

Here's a quick tour of some of my wild adventures in photography trip. More images will be added as I build the page properly with researched and guaranteed error - free information.

Looking down from Whalley Nab to the ruined Abbey. You can't see much detail in this picture but the big old building (centre) is where the Cistercian monks used to hang out until King Henry VIII dissolved them.

Whalley village with Cistercian Abbey buildings centre

The Parish Church, St Mary and All Saints. Parts of the church building date from the ninth century and stones from the original Christian Church built on the site in the seventh century are incorporated. The church was extended in the eleventh century, rebuilt in the 15th when the present bell tower was added and modernised (with new stained class windows added) in the mid 19th century.

Parish church of St Mary and All Saints, Whalley

This view of the west gable gives a better impression of the age of the church building.

In this view along the side of the church, look under the tree (centre) and you can see one of the three Saxon crosses that are in the Chuchyard. They were erected in the tenth century.

Whalley Churchyard with ancient Saxon cross visible under the small tree.

One of the stained glass windows from the outside. The style and weathering of the stonework shows the great antiquity of the building.

Stained class window surrounded by ancient stonework, St. Mary and All Saints Church, Whalley.

The Church has several stained glass windows designed by well known ninteenth century artists. This one, in the South Chapel or Lady Chapel was designed by the pre - Raphaelite artist Edward Burne Jones. The Lady Chapel on the south side of the main aisle and the corresponding Soldiers Chapel on the north side were areas designated for small provate services or for solitary prayer and reflection. This first photograph is taken with flash so the detail can be seen clearly.
The oak case on bthe right of the picture contains a 1684 copy of Foxe's 'Book of Martyrs'.

Whaaley Church, The Lady Chapel with stained glass window by Edward Burne - Jones

This photograph of the Lady Chapel is taken with natural light to give an impression of the atmosphere within the church. The screen (not visible) from behind which the photographs were taken were installed in the forteenth century.

The Lady Chapel in Whalley Parish Church in natural light

The East window above the altar. This large window in the perpendiculasr style is much older than the other 'designer' windows, dating from the fifteenth century. New glass was inserted in 1816 and the designs represent people and families associated with the parish over the centuries. Also visible in this photo is the roof which was renewed in the contemparary style during the fifteenth century renovation.

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