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Report - Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire - September 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by clebby, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. clebby

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    Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire.

    Visited with huey.

    After a close shave at an old school that looked just as shit as it did secure, I suggested that we check out this old abbey that has alluded me for some time. In the past it appeared that there was live-in security, but a couple of dumped cars and the fact no one answered our knocks suggested that perhaps this wasn't the case after all.

    Wrong. About 30 minutes in, huey opened a door expecting to find another stripped bedroom and ended up walking straight into someones living room! Fortunately no one was home and we thought fuck it, let's keep going, in for a penny in for a pound! It would appear that matey boy is one of those ghastly dreadlocked types and that he's using the corridors as one big motocross circuit, judging by the skidmarks and the biking paraphernalia knocking about the place.

    Outside the building doesn't look like much, but inside it's actually quite stylish and has barely been altered since the early 70s. The laundry and kitchens are nice, and the print shop and bookbinders were an unexpected find but the real paydirt was naturally downstairs in the chapel which was stunning!

    History

    If I'm honest I think a conversion to luxury apartments sounds a bit fanciful. I forgot to take any external photos as per, so I've pilfered one from flickr. As you can see it's not exactly pretty, but I suppose it's a good example of its style and its actually built to a pretty high standard, at a time when the church had money. In fact I quite like it.

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    The Chapel

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    For a building that is so brutal on the outside this was a beautiful space.

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    I've got a real thing for contemporary stained glass:

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    Entrance hall

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    Refectory

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    Kitchens

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    Recreation room (I think it had some stupid name like Calefactory)

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    Smaller chapel at accommodation level:

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    Another nice find was a room with hundreds of schematics and blueprints of the building dating back to the mid-60s. The place is full of little rooms with absurd names like ambulacrum, novice cell and 'tramps shelter' whatever that is.

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    All that's left of the library:

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    Laundry

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    Print Shop

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    :popcorn

     

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    Nice work. It's not live in security, it's the live in Abbott. Seriously. He caught me and I got the tour. Quite a sad story really.
     
  3. Will Knot

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    Awesome, mint, ace.....great pics and report matey......job well done, thanks for sharin' :thumb
     
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    Now this is classy, very nice :thumb

    It"s like the Ark mixed up with a Kaleidoscope :)
     
  5. clebby

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    The Abbott rides his BMX around his chapel? Now I have heard it all!
     
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    Top notch sir.
     
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    Acid etched tumble dryer glass... I'm liking that a LOT :)
     
  8. Wevsky

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    Very nice mate and well photographed too :)
     
  9. WhoDaresWins

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    Lovely looking place this, not far either :thumb. Great report.
     
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    Yes to print room!

    We need to do something soon.
     
  11. clebby

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    Thanks for the comments.

    Thanks, give it a go! Just be sure you ring the doorbell to be certain sonny jim isn't home ;)

    Aye. Carlota was asking after you the other day in fact..
     
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