Look Behind You, You’ll Find Royalty

I had to mail something to the states today, so I went to a post office literally, one street over. When I leave my front door and turn right, I am going to Waitrose to grocery shop, which means I turn right again at the end of the road. I have made this trip several times since I’ve been here. To go to the post office I had to turn left at the end of the road…wait til you hear/see what I discovered!!!

I have seen signs for St. Augustine Abbey as I drive toward the cottage. I asked Drew if he knew anything about it, to which he grunted an answer that I assumed meant no….Well, as I turned the corner to go to the post office, *insert choir singing* there it was! The St. Augustine Abbey!!! It was 4 oclock, luckily it stayed open until 6.

I had no background knowledge of what it was. As I walked through the little museum through the ticket office, I noticed Roman items. Huh…these Romans are everywhere! I don’t know what I was expecting, but I walked into ruins.

Notice in the background the cathedral on the left and towers on the right…OMG!!

There are tombs of the VERY FIRST Archbishops of Canterbury!! The VERY FIRST ONES!!

I am not going to lie, when I walked up to the Anglo-Saxon kings’ tombs, I teared up. I got emotional. It still moves me to think I am walking, seeing, feeling things that people 1500 years ago were. It’s overwhelming. These are things that I talk about in my classes, but it’s not real, you know? I KNOW it’s true, I KNOW the history, but I just talk about it. I’ve never SEEN it, never WITNESSED it. How lucky am I right now? I have seen it and now it is REAL.

I thought of Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias,” did those Kings ever think their kingdoms would lie in ruins? This was once a ornate and BIG abbey.

“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

I also wonder if the people who are here daily give it any thought?

3 thoughts on “Look Behind You, You’ll Find Royalty

  1. Heather Inkpen says:

    Of course it was due to a somewhat arrogant king that this abbey lies in ruins…
    You ought to see Richborough Castle. Have you been to Sandwich?

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  2. Heather Inkpen says:

    And a film recommendation for you….The Canterbury Tales; the Powell and Pressburger one, made 1944.
    Something for a rainy day, if we ever get one this summer.

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