Tewkesbury Abbey

This is a small collection of photographs and a 360 degree digital tour which will grow over time as I revisit the Tewkesbury Abbey. If you wish to read more about the Tewkesbury Abbey I would recommend visiting the official website

Tradition, originating in the desire to account for the name of the town, would assign the foundation of a cell or chapel to Theoc, or in Latin form Theocus, in or about 655. In support of this theory Camden and others assert that it was called in Anglo-Saxon times Theocsburg or Theotisbyrg. Others would derive the name from the Greek “Theotokos,” as the Church is dedicated to St. Mary, and others again refer us back to a very early name, Etocisceu—Latinised as Etocessa. In Domesday Book the town is called Teodechesberie, and throughout the Chronicles of the Abbey is called Theokusburia.

The Chronicles of the Abbey tell us that the first monastery at Tewkesbury was built by two Saxon nobles, Oddo and Doddo, in or about the year 715, a time when Mercia was flourishing under Ethelred, and later, under Kenred and Ethelbald. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and endowed with the manor of Stanway and other lands for the support of the Benedictine monks who, under a Prior, were there installed. Oddo and Doddo died soon afterwards, and were buried in the abbey church of Pershore.

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral, formally the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, stands in the north of the city near the river Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter.

The High Altar and East window – click here for a very high resolution image of the High Altar Below is a high resolution interactive view of the stained glass  in the West Window, please use the control bar along the bottom of the image to zoom in/out, pan left/right or enter full screen viewing.

The current stained glass was installed in 1859 as a memorial to Dr J. H. Monk, Bishop of Gloucester from 1830 to 1856. It was made by the large Newcastle firm of William Wailes, and is signed and dated in the red strip in the bottom left-hand corner of the window.

The Cloister contains some stunning architecture including fan vaulted ceilings and is famous in recent times for being one location for the Harry Potter films.

The St Andrew’s chapel, adjacent to the South Transept, was re-decorated in the Victorian era and the frescoes are very vibrant.

A large part of the photography at Gloucester Cathedral has taken place to produce a high resolution virtual tour of the cathedral which can be seen below (full screen viewing is highly recommended). Each 360 virtual reality scene has been created from 120 raw images taken on a Canon 5D4 camera and Canon 24mm lens which, when processed, produce 5Gb master images which are 30,000 pixels wide.

Gloucester Cathedral 360 Virtual Tour
Gloucester Cathedral 360 Virtual Tour

Shown below are the Thomas Denny stained glass memorial windows for Ivor Gurney and Gerald Finzi which are installed in the North Chantry in the Lady Chapel. The windows can be viewed in high resolution by zooming into each section.

The official Gloucester Cathedral website can be found here

An on-line reference to the Cathedral church of Gloucester is also available