Drone footage has shown one of Surrey’s most treasured beauty spots as you have never seen it before.
The monastery of Waverley is of such historical significance because it was the first Cistercian house to be established in Britain, in 1128.
It began as the home of just 12 monks and an abbot from France, but by 1187 there were 70 monks and 120 lay brothers who resided there.
Situated on a flood plain itself, flooding was a common occurrence and as a result the abbey had to be significantly rebuilt during the 13th Century.
By 1536, the site passed to Sir William Fitzherbert, treasurer of the king’s household. A lot of the abbey was then dismantled and reused to build a house nearby for Sir William More.
Today, impressive ruins of the abbey and surrounding buildings remain. The brewhouse and other buildings associated with the economy of the abbey lay in the western part of the site and are only visible as earthworks.
The heavenly spot attracts visitors from around the world, including Hollywood film stars Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain as they shot scenes for the upcoming movie The Huntsman in 2015.
And now, thanks to incredible drone footage filmed by Skyscape Imagery this autumn, we are able to see the heavenly beauty spot as we never have before.
The film, which can be viewed at the top of this article, shows the sun rise over the ruins during a misty dawn.
The Farnham ruins are open in the second lockdown and make the perfect spot for a walk – dogs on leads are also welcome at the site.
The ruins are free to enter and are open during daylight hours.
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