The beauty of the choral works and the magnificence of the organ were every bit as impressive as they were the previous month at the royal wedding. The morning's sermon was excellent, delivered by The Venerable Jane Hedges, cannon of the Abbey. She was kind enough to explain to me later that the "Venerable" in her title is just a traditional term for her office, not descriptive!
At the conclusion of the service, the Abbey bells performed a long peal ( I think that is the proper term; for more info click here). The beautiful bells accompmanied most of my ramble around the Abbey Gardens, all open for the Open Squares Weekend, 2011.
"...After the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1540, it became an area of recration for the clergy. In more recent years, an attempt has been made to acknowledge the Garden's original use by planting vegetables, herbs and fruit trees."
Sadly, I did not wander much further since the rain continued. I was also eager to get to my next stop, the Queen's Gallery, for an exhibition honoring the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Regency in 1811, coming soon.