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Old May 5, 2008, 9:25 AM   #1
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This amazing church has a tower which leans at an angle greater than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, caused by subsidence in the surrounding area. It is situated on the edge of the village of Cwmyoy, in the valley of the river Honddu, with picturesque hills on either side, near Abergavenny. The church itself is an ancient building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells, dating from 1672. It is open for visitors during daylight hours.


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Old May 5, 2008, 9:50 AM   #2
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Inside of st martins church, this old church is right out in the wilds of the Brecon Becon mountains.
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ouitside, you can see the old buttress's supporting the church.
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So, we're again in the mystical vicinity of the Brecon Becon mountainspeopled by the ancient Gauls once!

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ouitside, you can see the old buttress's supporting the church.
Btw, thanks for the reminder! I might have missed them otherwise : )

Judging fromone of your original exposures here, one appreciates your will and effort of creating an HDR version even more,the result of whichyou postedbelow

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=90


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This amazing church has a tower which leans at an angle greater than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, caused by subsidence in the surrounding area. It is situated on the edge of the village of Cwmyoy, in the valley of the river Honddu, with picturesque hills on either side, near Abergavenny. The church itself is an ancient building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells, dating from 1672. It is open for visitors during daylight hours.

Oj, oj. Hallucination dream. Dietylamid. Wouldn't be wrong visiting in the night either.

Cwmyoy

Abergavenny

Honddu

Such names, especially Abergavenny. Rests very well on the tongue, might function like a mantra leading back through the warp points of history

Aberga venny

Aber gavenny

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Good shots, boy that is old
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Great shots, twisted and aged building.......................musket.
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.........Cwmyoy

Abergavenny

Honddu

Such names, especially Abergavenny. Rests very well on the tongue, might function like a mantra leading back through the warp points of history

Aberga venny

Aber gavenny....
"Abergavenny"rests quite nicely on the English or Welsh tongues, and gives away the tempestuous history of the area. It's in a border area, fiercely contested and fortified by the English and the occupiers of England from times when most of Wales remained unconquered.

The modern name is a curious mixture of English & Welsh - "Aber" means 'mouth of a river' in Welsh, and "gavenny"is a very English spelling of the modern Welsh name for the town which is 'Y Fenni'. (There's no letter 'v' in the Welsh written language; single 'f' does the job, and "ff" has the usual English sound.)

Curiously the 'Aber' doesn't feature in the modern Welsh name. http://www.abergavenny.org.uk/aboutabergavenny.htmsays the Norman town was called 'Burgavenny'. If so, the name is even more transnational, and has nothing to do with the prefix 'Aber' on hundreds of Welsh placenames.

Cwmyoy is a very curious Welsh name, and doesn't look very Welsh to me. The website http://cistercian-way.newport.ac.uk/...sp?PlaceID=348has a more Welsh spelling. It says "Cwmiou"means "Valley ('cwm') of the yoke" (from 'ieuo', to yoke (together)). Written Welsh is phonetic (once you know the rules), and could be pronounced in English transliteration "ee-o-ee", a bit like English "yoy".

I am determined to visit Cwwyoy (about 100 beautiful borderland miles from here). I already know Abergavenny well.
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