Beaulieu Abbey Church

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Cistercian monks founded the Abbey in 1204 on land given to them by King John. You can wander through the Cloisters and Herb garden where the monks grew aromatic plants for cooking and medicinal purposes including penny royal and lavender. Although some of the Abbey was destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII, visitors can still learn about the magnificent buildings of the Abbey, originally called Bellus Locus Regis - the beautiful place of the King.

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Comments (20)

António Dias on October 8, 2012

Hello Rosa! Beautiful picture of a very nice place! Excellent composition! LIKE. Greetings from Coimbra, Portugal. António

Rosalyn Hilborne on October 8, 2012

António Dias

Hello António, I enjoyed my visit here very much. I am pleased you like it.

Greetings, Rosa.

Ildikó A. on October 8, 2012

Beautiful church, lovely photograph, Rosa. LIKE. Best regards, Ildikó

Rosalyn Hilborne on October 8, 2012

Ildikó A.

Thank you very much Ildikó.

Best wishes, Rosa.

~Marlene~ on October 8, 2012

Hello Rosa... I hear birthday wishes are in order for you, so I would like to add mine for a Happy Birthday & a wonderful year ahead!

Beautiful photo, great perspective & view! Like

Best wishes, Marlene

Rosalyn Hilborne on October 8, 2012


Thank you for your very kind birthday wishes and thank you for your like on this picture ;-))

Cheers, Rosa.

Rosalyn Hilborne on October 8, 2012


Thanks Ian, I have been counting backwards for years now :o)

There is another beautiful part of the Abbey, which is also beautiful inside. I was going to upload it this morning but ran out of time. I'll do it in a minute...see what you think!

Cheers, Rosa.

Eloi Domenech on October 8, 2012

Magnificent abbey, beautiful photo.

Ildikó Fehérváry on October 9, 2012

Hi Rosa, very nice place, beautiful old church!


Best regards, Ildikó

Rosalyn Hilborne on October 9, 2012


Thank you very much for your kind comment.

Regards, Rosa.


Hi Ildikó, thank you very much for your like.

Best wishes, Rosa.

Alfons Van Aerschot … on October 9, 2012

Mooie compo Rosa,LK.


Rosalyn Hilborne on October 10, 2012


Hartelijk dank Floere.

Groetjes, Rosa.

⚔ Richard ⚔ on October 10, 2012

Happy 21st birthday? Rosa and the picture looks good as well Like Regards Richard

Rosalyn Hilborne on October 10, 2012

♰ Linrich ♰

Thank you Richard...I am happy to think that ;o))

Best wishes, Rosa.

Druella Ceville on October 13, 2012

I was curious about the name Beaulieu, thinking it must be French. I found it means "beautiful place".

But I still don`t know wether it is French :)

Druella Ceville on October 13, 2012

Sorry, another try:

beautiful place

Rosalyn Hilborne on October 13, 2012


Thanks for the link, I actually looked at that one before going to Beaulieu. I like to know what to expect :-) It was named by the French Cistercian monks when they settled there. They show a beautifully directed continuous film of its history showing in one of the Abbey rooms, just naturally on a white stone wall. Here is a link giving a short explanation of French place names in England...the Vikings are mentioned there too ;-)

Druella Ceville on October 14, 2012

That was some interesting information! "Snotingaham" and "Grantebrige"! :-DD

In Norway many place names are originally from the Sami language. They has become totally meaningless transformed into some word easier for "Norwegians" to pronounce. Sad.

For example, there`s a place called "home air" (the Norwegian word translated into English). Home air!? The original Sami word "Jiepmaluokta" means "bay of seals"!


Rosalyn Hilborne on October 14, 2012


I must say 'bay of seals' sounds much nicer ;-) It's very interesting how language elvolves. There are some very strangely named villages here! I have heard Sami spoken, I wouldn't think it is an easy language to learn!

Cheers, Rosa.

Druella Ceville on October 14, 2012

Not at all! :-D

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