The magnificent cathedral-like interior of St Michael’s parish church seems rather grand for a small place like Melbourne, until you appreciate that it was a royal church built circa 1125 by King Henry 1st. It was given by Henry to the Bishops of Carlisle, who used it as a retreat from time to time to escape their troubled Scottish border regions. Today, St Michael’s survives as one of the finest Norman parish churches in the country.
This picture is actually three images combined. Three different exposures were taken in order to capture detail in both the highlights (the stained glass windows) and the darker, shadowy areas.