Monday, 17 October 2016

NUPTIALS in NORFOLK ..........



Last weekend we went to a wedding in Norfolk ..... it was held at the beautiful venue of Langley Abbey ..... Langley Abbey was founded as a house of Premonstratensian canons in 1195 by Sir Robert FitzRoger. It's origins were principally religious and it was a monastery of sorts but canons were not monks and typically fulfilled the role of parish priest for many of the churches and parishes.

Considering Langley Abbey was probably one of the largest Premonstratensian houses in England, very little of the church remains. Excavations were undertaken in the 1920's and give us a general idea of it's shape and size but very little detail of the church itself. 

The Abbey boasts many features that one would expect of a monastery ..... cloisters, Almonry, infirmary and barns..




Very little is reported of life at the Abbey until 1475 ..... sadly, Langley Abbey had a poor reputation for being disorderly !!!

The 1500's were obviously a seminal period for the Abbey and Langley Abbey's dissolution took place in 1536, which meant that it's assets were seized. Twelve years later, the site was primarily seen as a quarry for stone and a reclamation yard for other materials and reports from the time suggest that the destruction of the church was very thorough.



OK ..... end of history lesson ..... 



 ..... the wedding was wonderful from the stunning venue, the food { prawns, medallions of beef and an assiette of desserts , lemon posset, chocolate torte and raspberry sorbet .... or, you could have sticky toffee pudding !!! }




to the dancing in the cloisters .....



I danced for around five hours in the above shoes ..... my feet are still recovering !!

Each wedding that I go to seems to take it's toll just a little bit more !! ..... after jumping around to Nelly the Elephant at midnight, I was done for, but, I held my own !!!




XXXX








image 1: via langley abbey, images 2 & 3: via wedding venues, images 4 & 5: via me, image 6: via wikiwand, image 7: via geography.org, image 8: via scorpian shoes

Jackie

51 comments:

  1. Your a better woman than me. What a gorgeous venue for a wedding. I'd kill for those wood floors. We just don't have those beautiful old places in the US.

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    1. It was a beautiful venue Donna ..... reminded me of our son's wedding in October 2008 at a very similar venue. I love a wedding !! XXXX

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  2. That looks nice, but a premenstrual cannon sounds dangerous.

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    1. I reckon the canons were just as unpredictable as a pre menstrual woman Tom !!!! XXXX

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    2. I thunk that we were very close to Rachel's house but no time for a meet up .... maybe Rachel will enlighten us on her return. XXXX

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  3. Wow wow wowwww .....beautiful place...love those shoes !!...5 ours !!...o no !...you must be a healthy woman ...hihihihihi.....love love love Ria X ❤️

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    1. I was happy that I managed to dance for so long Ria ..... at 65 it gets harder and harder !! XXXX

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  4. What a lovely place for a wedding, so atmospheric. Love the shoes, what outfit did you wear - let me guess - it was black :)

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    1. It was lovely Elaine .... as a lover of shabby chic, it was right up my alley !! ....and, yes , black was the order of the day with a bit of cream lace to lighten it up !! If I don't look too awful in the official photographs, I'll show you what I looked like when I get to see them. XXXX

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  5. Hello Jacqueline,
    Now that is a wedding. What a venue, menu, dancing and diamonds on the sole of your shoes. I bet you were the life and soul of the wedding.
    Helen xx

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    1. I wouldn't say that I was the life and soul of the wedding Helen but I think that us oldies danced far longer than the young ones !!!!! XXXX

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  6. lovely . . . lovely . . . lovely . . .
    what a setting . . .

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  7. wish I could have seen just a glimpse
    of you . . . and, the dance . . .

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    1. I will look out for the photographs and see if there are any of me !! XXXX

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  8. Love the shoes!!! I'm shopping now for shoes to wear to my son's November wedding in Manhattan and I haven't seen anything fun. Bet you were stunning!!! xxx

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    1. Oh Shawn , how exciting . Because I wear black a lot, I try to find a bit of a quirky shoe. I got mine from Irregular Choice ... I'm not sure if you can get them in the U.S but have a look. XXXX

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  9. What a fabulous venue. I love how someone has mended that arch in photo 2.

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    1. It was beautiful Cro and many parts of the Abbey had survived.... a perfect venue for a wedding and very shabby, just how I like it !!
      How very 'you' to notice the arch repair !!! I wonder if it was a more recent repair, who did it and why they did it that way ? XXXX

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  10. Absolutely georgous! And that includes the shoes! Jane x

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    1. It was gorgeous Jane .... a. beautiful wedding venue. XXXX

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  11. Such a wonderful unforgettable place for a wedding!
    And I am utterly impressed by your shoes - if I ever have an addiction you might think of shoes... With them you have to dance for many, many hours - just to be able to lift one of those beautiful soles into the air and show them! XXX

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    1. It really was wonderful Britta .... I love a wedding !!
      As much as I like fashion, I'm not that keen on shoes ...... I am obsessed with jackets !!
      The soles are really pretty aren't they ? It's a shame that you can't see them !!!! XXXX

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  12. A wonderful venue for a wedding. And the table settings look very luxurious! I'd be tempted to sample all those desserts, they look so tasty. Fabulous shoes. But dancing in them for five hours - your feet must have taken a bit of a battering!

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    1. It was lovely Nick ..... but, my feet were very much the worst for wear .... I'm getting too old for this !! XXXX

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  13. YOU ARE GORGEOUS as is this CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth .... you would have LOVED it !! XXXX

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  14. What an enchanting venue the tables setting are very pretty! You must have looked stunning too, Jackie!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. It was beautiful Maria ...... a stunning setting for a wedding.
      Thank you for your blogging friendship Maria. XXXX

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  15. What a beautiful place to have a wedding at Jacky! So romantic. The food sounds delicious too....and to have danced for five hours...sounds like heaven. I wonder why didn't you take your shoes off? I always hate dancing in high heels. Best to feel the floor! :-)

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog too. I don't think I will be telling more about 'him' on my blog, but I it's a delicious feeling to have a man at my side again! :-)

    Happy evening!

    Madelief x

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    1. Madelief ...... I just want to say that I am so happy for you. You deserve to be happy so enjoy every minute. Much love to you. XXXX

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  16. What a beautiful place for a wedding!
    And Jackie, those shoes!!! WOW!!
    xoxox

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    1. It was Carol .... the whole day was wonderful.
      the shoes were fine until about the fourth hour of dancing !!!! XXXX

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  17. What a wonderfulspot for a wedding. Hope they served Sprits.
    I saw an ole abby in Sligo Ireland. Can you believe this Trump idiot?
    GOD FORBID he wins. yvonne

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    1. It was a beautiful wedding venue Yvonne .... you would have loved it !!
      Keeping my fingers crossed that the US voters come to their senses !!!! XXXX

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  18. What a beautiful place to have a wedding at Jacky! So romantic. i love it
    biet thu dep
    nha xinh
    biet thu

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    1. Romantic is a very good description for Langley Abbey and perfect for a wedding. XXXX

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  19. Those shoes are ridiculously wonderful :)

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    1. I never thought that everyone would like my shoes so much ..... it doesn't show on the photograph but they are sparkly silver as well !!!!! XXXX

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  20. fantastic venu for a wedding. We have a chateau close by to us, which is used for wedding receptions, 'a very in thing' here. It's usualy the older ones who dance the longest. Like everyone of your comments I love your shoes, I'm not a shoe addict but I'd love those with the flowery soles.

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    1. Hi Barbara .... I love Chateau weddings ... such a beautiful backdrop for a wedding.
      ....and, isn't it funny that us oldies dance the longest ?!!! I'm not a shoe addict eitherand I am suprised that everyone liked them so much. XXXX

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    2. I went on to the website you so kindly shared, it was even better being able to see them close up, all that silver glitter, so glamorous but not tacky, I'd say a talking point pair of shoes, which is quite evident by all the remarks from your followers. They look like shoes that you could wear with anything. Thanks Jackie.

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  21. Oh my what a wonderful venue! glad you had fun...what did you wear?

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    1. Hi Libby,
      It really was a stunning venue and we enjoyed every minute. I haven't seen any photos of me at the wedding yet .... I am probably in the official ones but we are waiting to see them .... if there is one of me looking half decent, I might post it !! XXXX

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  22. As always, I love the history!!! But what I love even more is that you danced for five hours!!! and in those shoes!!! WOW! This abbey is the best wedding venue I've ever seen Jackie. What a beautiful place to say I DO!
    Oh how I love your posts!!!
    sending love...

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    1. Langley Abbey has June written all over it !!! The walls are beautifully shabby and you aren't allowed to put flowers or anything on them as they are crumbling..... you would LOVE it June !!
      Sending love back !! XXXX

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  23. So Jackie what is sticky Toffee Pudding? what did you order?
    yvonne

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    1. Hi Yvonne,
      Sticky toffee pudding is a sticky date sponge with a dark brown caramel sauce. ... my husband had that but I had the assiette of desserts..... they were both delicious. XXXX

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  24. Beautiful setting, Jackie!! I would have been right out there on the dance floor with you! xxoo

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