I am doing a shoot at Waverley Abbey with Alison Milton and her two daughters, and Tessa. Despite driving past the entrance to this historic place hundreds of times and thinking I must visit, I have never been so I thought I’d check it out before the actual shoot. I took my goddaughter, Maria, and her sister Pamela. It was late in the afternoon and was freezing so didn’t stay long, enough time to take a few shots.
The Abbey is the first Cistercian house to be established in Britain. Founded by William Gifford, Bishop of Winchester, in 1128, it was colonised with 12 monks and an abbot from Aumone in France. By 1187 there were 70 monks and 120 lay brothers in residence. In 1536, with the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the site passed to Sir William Fitzherbert, treasurer of the king’s household. Much of the abbey was dismantled and some of the stone was reused to build Sir William More’s house at Loseley. (Source: English Heritage website)