Who would have thought it was March! On Tuesday 5th of March Marie and I travelled to Whalley Abbey to see Caroline and Simon. A young couple getting married in May. We met at Whalley Abbey as this is their choice of venue for their wedding reception. The weather was fantastic and following our meeting we did a pre shoot with them.
The Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey. After the dissolution of the monasteries, the abbey was largely demolished and a country house was built on the site. In the 20th century the house was modified and it is now the Retreat and Conference House of the Diocese of Blackburn. The ruins of the abbey have been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
In 1296 the Cistercian monks from Stanlow Abbey moved to Whalley. The first stone was laid by Henry de Lacy in June 1296 and at least part of the site was consecrated by the Bishop of Whithern in 1306. Building proceeded slowly and the foundation stone was laid in 1330. Stone for building the abbey was obtained from quarries at Read and Simonstone. A royal licence to build a crenellated wall around the site was obtained in 1339. The church was completed in 1380 but the remainder of the abbey was not finished until the 1440s. In 1480 the North East Gatehouse, which provided a new entrance to the abbey, was completed. In the 16th century, John Paslew, the last Abbot of Whalley, reconstructed his own lodgings and added a Lady Chapel. The abbey closed in 1537 as part of the dissolution of the monasteries. Also that year Abbot Paslew was executed for high treason for his part in events connected with the Pilgrimage of Grace the previous year.
Here are a selection of images and as you can see, they are a great fun couple
We are really looking forward to their wedding in May. The Abbey provides a great back drop for some exciting images.