Welcome to the Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr, a monastery on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.
The old abbey, founded in 1132, was the centre of life on the Island until its dissolution by Henry V111.
The modern Quarr Abbey belongs to the Solesmes Congregation group of monasteries. The first monks came to the present site in 1907, to once again "sing praises to the Lord," as the psalmist enjoins.
Patrick Eden visited Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight several times during 1982 to photograph the life, worship and work of the Monks. Sadly there only about five left there now. These pictures have never been published.
For the technically minded Patrick used Olympus OM-2s and 28mm f2 and 50mm f1.4 lenses with Kodak Tri-X Film often pushed to 800 ASA.