Monday, 18 April 2011

Images of .... Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal together form a beautiful and historic World Heritage Site in North Yorkshire.  The ruins of the medieval abbey nestle within the pretty valley of the River Skell, part of which was landscaped in the 18th century into a stunning water garden and deer park.

View of the ruined abbey, looking east.  The monastery was founded in 1132 and became a very wealthy Cistercian foundation, but like most of the great abbeys in England it was disbanded in 1539 by King Henry VIII's brutal Dissolution of the Monasteries.  The buildings lay empty and were plundered for their stone.

Thankfully, the magnificent vaulted Cellarium remains largely intact.

 One of the nave aisles in the abbey church

The 12th century infirmary bridge over the River Skell 

Sepia-toned view of the Abbey, looking west.

There are a few more pictures and some more information on my main blog, Saltaire Daily Photo, starting here.


  1. It's a gorgeous place Jenny, and your photos are so pretty!

  2. This place is absolutely fabulous! so romantic, so inspiring..Things seem to stay the same since years; i'm sure that writers can find here a perfect mood to write books ..

  3. Very, very fascinating to see the beauty in ancient history. Just truly wonderful to behold. Thanks so much. I like this page so much, especially when you give a piece of the history of it.

  4. Didn't YOU have a fabulous photo shoot day! To he** with chores... these are priceless!

  5. Your pictures are so inspired, Jenny! You really throw yourself into each one!

  6. I'm really enchanted by this Abbey and your pictures are magnificent!
    Wonderful set of images!
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg