Through the Arched Window

A staple of TV entertainment for children in the UK when I was growing up was Play School which ran from the mid-60's to the mid-80's on the BBC. Each episode  featured a filmed excursion into the outside world taken through one of three windows; a square window, a round window and an arched window.

This image, taken at Waverley Abbey near Farnham, reminded me of this programme with its glimpse of a tree through an arch formed by a doorway in the ruins of one of the abbey's transepts.  The abbey, the first Cistercian abbey in England, was founded in 1128 and was another of those dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536.  The extra shows what, for me, is the most interesting and substantial part of the ruins, the undercroft of the lay brothers' refectory.

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