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Visit Tupholme Abbey in Lincolnshire

Today saw your host once again taking in the fine weather and visiting another historic Lincolnshire site
This time Tupholme Abbey near Lincoln

Today was excellent in all respects, as well as a little different from the usual day out.
me and the beyond awesome Motorhead bagI wasn’t using pedal power nor was I a slave to the steering wheel - I was chauffeur driven no less !
I think, and I’m sure you’d all agree, that this is the way I was actually meant to travel - having a driver and a high performance luxury car is more than a little convenient - it also is more befitting to someone of my local standing :)

All joking aside, it was a rare treat to travel through the back roads of The Lincolnshire Wolds with nothing to do but take in the scenery - a real joy as you miss virtually everything whilst driving.
The destination was the Premonstratensian ruins of Tupholme Abbey founded between 1155 and 1165 by Gilbert and Alan de Neville.

It really was quite a sight and I find myself repeating what I’ve said after a few other trips - it simply doesn’t look like it should be in Lincolnshire !
As with Temple Bruer it’s clearly under appreciated and you can only imagine what would be made of it were it located in the Home Counties.

The purpose of the day wasn’t just revelling in the lost sense of Lincolnshire History but a chance for a photographic trip with my brother - the last time we did this was at Thornton Abbey

It was an inspired idea and a day to treasure in the memory bank. My brother stalked around taking pictures with a camera worth more than my car but my trusty Konica Minolta, safely housed in the beyond awesome Motorhead bag, more than held its own - I wouldn’t swap it for the world !

How to Get to Tupholme Abbey
It is located between Lincoln and Horncastle in between the villages of Bardney and Bucknall just to the south of the B1190. Admission and parking is free of charge and there are no opening hours or days - you can go whenever you want !

Now, I’m not the first Rod to visit, you may think I’d be the most famous one though - but no . . .
Rod Stewart was there before me - at a pop festival no less - as were the Beach Boys ! !

Tupholme Abbey Reader's Pulpit  - Cloister Stones

Tupholme Abbey Reader’s Pulpit Cloister Stones

Being in photographic competition with David Bailey my brother the above is an arty black and white affair.

Tupholme Abbey Viewed from Within

Tupholme Abbey Seen from the Inside

The name of the place goes back to Saxon times and is related to sheep whose ancestors were still extant and our only company

historic lincolnshire sites archaeology

The External Aspect

I’m sure you’d agree the remains are impressive and once again it is a strange feeling staring into the past and wondering just what happened on the very spot you now stand.

Traditional Lincolnshire food

Grub’s Up ~ Courtesy of LB

No trip should ever be undertaken on an empty stomach. The Goldeneye stomach is nothing if not empty and is always
ready to be filled by a third party - all offers considered :)
My brother showed his versatility by doubling as a chef as well as chauffeur and dished up the above culinary delight. Couscous, char grilled chicken, king prawns, nuts, seeds, beans, herbs and spices, topped off with a poached egg - bloody lovely !
He’d make somebody a good husband :)

This is just part I of a fantastic day - more to come loyally deluded readers :)

Regards - Your Very Own Ancient Ruin


  1. Annie Flinn said,

    June 14, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

    Okay, I want to adopt you two. I need a chauffer, and, heaven knows I could use a chef, and then I need an expert in classic detective fiction to help enlighten me. So, when can you move here?

    Spectacular photos and a great post. While I can’t offer any old abbeys for you here, there are several stores and restaurant buildings that are currently deserted in my area. Would those do for a photo shoot?


  2. Little Brother said,

    June 14, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

    Awesome photos and an awesome day out. Well played!


  3. Rod said,

    June 15, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    Okay, I want to adopt you two
    I should stick with just the one were I you - the one who drives and cooks represents much better value :)

  4. Rod said,

    June 15, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    I stilll don’t understand why such places are all but ignored. It is an English heritage site so they do acknowledge it.
    There is so much more going on around here than even we realise !

  5. Little Brother said,

    June 15, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

    They could, and should make far more of this. The pity is that despite the wonderful stonework the immediate surroundings leave much to be desired, sheep droppings do little to encourage a second visit.


  6. Witches of Eastwick said,

    June 15, 2009 @ 5:54 pm


    That ruin looks a bit precarious… not to mention the building :)

    How wonderful to have a day out with your brother and to be chauffeur driven with lunch included…. no doubt served on board LB’s private jet :) The chances of the pair of you meeting any promising women at such sites is surely remote though so your next assignment should include a social atmosphere perhaps…. somewhere the Witches and Mother might approve of mind you. Keep well away from the coast and any of LB’s old haunts…. in fact anywhere trouble may lurk…. is that too narrow a path to tread?


  7. Rod said,

    June 15, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

    The chances of the pair of you meeting any promising women at such sites is surely remote though
    That’s why we went there :)
    Anyway, there are plenty of sheep and they seem like a better bet than women - they make less noise, less mess and you won’t have to buy them a coat :)

  8. Peter said,

    April 26, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    Visited and lunched there on Easter Monday. Enjoyed the sheep (viewing only) Took photos and was pleased at the information on the sevaral boards which brought the plato life

  9. Rod said,

    April 26, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site.
    It’s a great spot and as you say the notice boards are superb, probably some of the best I’ve seen in fact

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