The Tithe Barn or Spanish Barn

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Comments (16)

Animal Place by John… on October 4, 2009

Very nice picture Tone. Greetings John.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 4, 2009

Thanks for your visit and comment John. Greetings Tone.

thor☼odin™ on October 6, 2009

oh Tone this is a very interesting, beautiful building and so well captured..thank you, Peter

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 6, 2009

Thank you very much thor☼odin™ Peter for your very kind words. They don't build em like that amymore. There is quite a bit of History to this building to.

The Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey was founded in 1196 as a monastery. In 1662 after the dissolution of monasteries it was the home of the Cary family until 1930. The Tithe Barn which stands next to Torre Abbey known as the “Spanish Barn”, was used to imprison 397 Spanish prisoners who were captured by the English Navy when fighting in the Armada in 1588. Their ship was towed to Torquay, and the prisoners were all held captive in overcrowded conditions. With a plague of Rats, Sickness and Disease very few of the prisoners survived. However, one of the Spaniards was given last rites on their deathbed by a local priest of the time, and it was discovered that the person was not a seaman at all, but a woman in disguise, who had been smuggled onto the ship in order to be with her lover or husband. Her ghost has been seen reappearing in Torre Abbey Meadows near to the waterfront, drifting slowly back towards the entrance of the Barn with a very down and tired looking face.

Dalibor Delibasic on October 6, 2009

Very nice old monastery, and it is very well captured. Greetings Dalibor

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 6, 2009

Thank you DaliborDelibasic. for your kind comment.

>| Micha |< on October 7, 2009

Hallo studio4t1, impressive building and nice view.

Viele Grüße Micha

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 7, 2009

Hello >| Micha |< Thank you. i'm glad you like this old Tithe Barn. They built things to last when they built this.

Greetings Tone.

Ge Ko on October 10, 2009

..., with plenty of storage space for a good harvest!


Ge Ko

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 10, 2009

Hi Ge Ko Yes plenty of storage for a harvest. Except the harvist of 1588. When 397 Spanish prisoners from the Spanish Armada were held in there.

Greetings, Tone.

Ge Ko on October 11, 2009

Thanks for the info!

Now I understand the captions!


Ge Ko

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 11, 2009

You're welcome Ge Ko.

liz98 on October 13, 2009

This info is very interesting! Very nice photo! Greetings, Liz

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 13, 2009

Thanks liz98 it's a very interesting place i was back there today. i will upload photos shortly. Greetings Tone.

liz98 on October 13, 2009

I will come back Tone! :)) Greetings, Liz

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 13, 2009

Thanks Liz your most welcome. Greetings, Tone.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 3, 2009
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by TonyWalker Studio4t1
    • Camera: SONY DSC-W300
    • Taken on 2009/10/01 16:52:34
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 7.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.30 EV
    • No flash