Travel theme: Arches

For years I have taken Hexham Abbey for granted but recently I have been paying it more attention – I have been inside at least three times this year which, for an irreligious chap like me, is quite good going. It really is a magnificent building supported by countless arches – an earlier post contains a video which captures it perfectly – A day in the light of Hexham Abbey.

From the Hexham Local History Society:  Hexham is dominated by Hexham Abbey. Originally the church of Hexham Priory, founded by Bishop Wilfrid in 674 A.D. The current church largely dates from c.1170–1250, in the Early English Gothic style of architecture. The choir, north and south transepts and the cloisters, where canons studied and meditated, date from this period. The east end was rebuilt in 1860 and the nave in 1904.

Arches Arches Arches

The images were taken with the faithful Fuji X100s, hand-held in poor light, without flash and pushed to ISO 6400 but you would never know – click on the images to see what I mean.


  1. LaVagabonde · November 12, 2014

    Love the soft glow in these images. We so often take that which is in our own backyards for granted.

    • northumbrianlight · November 12, 2014

      Thanks Julie – all down to the splendid sensor on the X100s. I like your new icon – aspirations to balloon around the world in eighty days? 😉

      • LaVagabonde · November 13, 2014

        Thanks, Robin. I’ve got a thing for vintage balloons, though I’m not sure I could ever ride in one.

  2. greenmackenzie · November 12, 2014

    Such beautiful elegant captures of these history soaked arches….looks like an evocative site

    • northumbrianlight · November 12, 2014

      It is a fabulous building – well worth seeing if you are ever in the area (and there is a new visitor centre as well)

  3. ilargia64 · November 12, 2014

    Incredible..No noise….Wonderful shoots!

  4. socialbridge · November 13, 2014

    Gorgeous photographs. Arches have such elegance.

  5. restlessjo · November 14, 2014

    My enthusiasm for churches comes and goes, Robin. Is that a terribly sacriligious thing to say? These are good moody shots but I find myself singing ‘underneath the arches’. Must be the weather getting to me 🙂 Have a good weekend!

    • northumbrianlight · November 14, 2014

      Sacreligious … not at all – I have a habit of hiding in foreign churches as a sanctuary from the shops , otherwise I over-dosed many years ago 🙂 .
      Great minds – I had thought to put this on the post:

      Have a great weekend too

      • restlessjo · November 14, 2014

        Love it! Thanks for the smile. 🙂

  6. Malin H · November 15, 2014

    Excellent images, Robin! I like them A LOT!!

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