I love visiting historic ruins. I love that feeling i get when i walk through each room/part of the ruins and imagining what life must have been really like for those lived and worked there. Some of them must have been luckiest amongst all the people of their era because they had money and power hence lead the luxurious life thinking their power and glory will last forever! But on the other hand, i feel for all those workmen whose life might have been nothing but misery working day and night for their masters. If these stones could tell us a story of all the things they have witnessed….
Anyway, here are few things about Titchfield abbey ruins which might be helpful if you are visiting:
History: The abbey/monastery was built in 13th Century. During the dissolution period of the monasteries ordered by Henry VIII, the abbey was converted in to a mansion called Place House in 1537, by Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton. Many of the monastic buildings were transformed during the conversion, and the Gatehouse for the mansion as you see today (see pics below) was built across the nave of the monastic church!!
Address: Mill Lane, Fareham, PO15 5RA
Daily (10am- 5pm) April- September
Daily (10am-4pm) October-March (closed on Bank Holidays)
Entry and parking: free.
Few things to remember:
- There is a garden centre and a nice pub nearby if you are interested.
- Dogs are allowed on leads
- This is a historic ruin, it can be dangerous and monitor children at all times
- Many people think its ideal place for family picnic, But I personally disagree
- Without a doubt, superb place for photos.
If you like to visit similar historic ruins, i would recommend Netley abbey, click on this link to read more: http://travblog.com/england/netley-abbey.html