When my children were little and we visited historical sites I always told them to touch the stones and feel the history. There is nearly a thousand years of history to touch in the shapes and shadows of Bolton Abbey.
This atmospheric Augustinian priory has been a place of worship since the 1100s and the nave of the Abbey is still part of the adjacent Parish church of St. Mary and St. Cuthbert.
The shapes and shadows twist and turn and are achingly beautiful
Glorious windows and hidden doorways
look out onto a landscape that probably hasn't changed very much
over the last 1000 years
Long shadows play across hidden corners
There is peace and tranquilly to be found near these ancient stones and the echo of long forgotten footsteps still echo in the shapes and shadows of hidden corners.