Waverley Abbey

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Rising early in the morning is often the best way to capture the essence of a location and Waverley Abbey was no exception to this rule when I visited the other day. It was a crisp and damp morning for August and a light mist was rising off the River Wey that snakes around the front of Waverley House under the bridge (shown here) and around behind the Abbey before it disappears deep into the Surrey countryside.

The abbey was originally founded in 1128 by the Bishop of Winchester and was the first Abbey in England where monks of the Cisternian order settled. I settled upon the solitary pillar of stone that you see here as my key focal point with the rest of the ruin in the background to give a sense of depth.

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