SE2768 : Fountains Abbey (monochrome)

taken 1 year ago, near to Aldfield, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Fountains Abbey (monochrome)
Fountains Abbey (monochrome)
The ruins of Fountains Abbey tell the story of 400 years of monastic life, years of riches, ruin and revival, brought to a close by the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII in 1539. The abbot, prior and monks were sent away with pensions. By the 1700s, the Abbey ruins were described in the following poem:

'All rude, all waste, and desicrate is laid,
And ev'n the very Ruins are decay'd!
Busts here, and Columns, venerable, lie,
And prostrate moulder, some impend on high.
Here some vast Tow'r, or broken Arch behold,
Tenaceous Ivy with long Wreaths enfold:
Long Isles lie cover'd with spread Ruins o're;
The hollow Winds thro' empty Caverns roar:
The Beasts obscene to gloomy Vaults retire,
And Trees for Praises fill the Sacred Choir.'

From 'Studley-Park. A poem' by Peter Aram, in Preface to Thomas Gent, The antient and modern history of the loyal town of Rippon ... (1733).
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Fountains Abbey
Fountains Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery, founded in 1132. Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian houses in England. It is a Grade I listed building and owned by the National Trust. Along with the adjacent Studley Royal Water Garden, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 14 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Country estates 
Primary Subject of Photo
Abbey 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2747 6830 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:6.5911N 1:34.8796W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 27569 68227
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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