Picture of the Week #610

Part of the ruins of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds. Photo May 2015.

Last week was the anniversary of Mary Tudor Brandon’s burial at the Abbey, so I thought I would use another picture of the ruins. From the shape of this section, I’m guessing it was the apse of the abbey church. I’m not 100% where in the ruins Mary’s original burial would have been, but her body was moved just a few years later to the church of St. Mary’s when the abbey was dissolved.

Picture of the Week #608

Garden center at Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk. Photo May 2015.

I loved this little space next to the information center at Castle Acre Priory which is evocative of a medieval walled garden. If I had a house with a yard I would totally do something like this!

Picture of the Week #607

Part of the kitchen area at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

I think this choice of picture is emblematic of the fact that I’ve been following a lot of cottagecore Tumblrs lately.

Picture of the Week #602

Portrait of Anne Boleyn at Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

This portrait came up in a discussion on Twitter this morning, so I thought I would use it today. And tomorrow is the anniversary of Anne’s coronation too! (I would have used a portrait of today’s birthday girl, Margaret Beaufort, but the only photo I have of her portrait at the Palace has a lot of window glare on it. Oh well!).

Picture of the Week #601

Heading towards Henry VIII’s Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

I was at Hampton Court this day in 2015 and it’s hard to believe it has already been 5 years since my last trip to the UK. In 1998 this was the day I flew back to Texas, in 2000 I was in Wales and visited Chirk Castle and Valles Crucis Abbey, and in 2003 I went to Greenwich and saw the Elizabeth I exhibition. Lots of good memories!

Picture of the Week #600

Courtyard of Oxburgh Hall. Photo May 2015.

All of my trips to the UK have been in the second half of May because that’s one of the easiest times for me to take two or three weeks off work, I thought it would be fun to see where I was on this date during those trips!

1998 – Hatfield House and Old Palace and Windsor Castle
2000 – Travel day from London to Bangor, Wales and resting up
2003 – Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle
2015 – Blickling Hall and Blakeney and the Norfolk Coastal Path

Here’s hoping there won’t be another 12 year gap before I’m able to get back!

Picture of the Week #599

Palmer’s Farmhouse at Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

Today is Mothers Day here in the US so here’s a photo of a place associated with Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, although it turns out that the building next door to the one above is actually the one the Ardens owned. The whole property is still called “Mary Arden’s Farm” though and is definitely worth a visit when thing open back up!

Picture of the Week #598

Blakeney, Norfolk, England. Photo May 2015.

Not strictly Tudor related, but as I’ve mentioned before, Blakeney was a big seaport from medieval times through to the 20th century, so it would have been a hoppin’ place in the Tudor era! Now it’s a nice seaside village to spend a lazy Sunday in. 🙂

Picture of the Week #593

Tudor front of Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

Henry VIII self-isolated before it was cool, although I can’t remember if he ever did it at Hampton Court. Regardless, I’m sure he was doing it in a space much larger than my 700 sq. ft. apartment!

I hope all of you are well and staying safe and that we’ll see crowds like these again in our lives soon (but not before it’s safe to do so!).