Thornton Abbey, June 2009

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Pictures from a few weeks ago, taken at Thornton Abbey.

I love the abbey for it’s crumbling stonework and old graffiti and carvings. Many of the old (12-1300’s) monastery graves are topped with beautiful carved stones, while inside parts of the walls have many hundreds of years of graffiti. Obviously I can’t vouch for it’s authenticity but two of those shown here read ‘1942: C K Oates, USA’ and ‘1889’. There were quite a few 1942/1943 inscriptions; Lincolnshire at that time had quite a few airfields (including the one that the Dambusters flew out of) so I wonder if American troops were stationed nearby.

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