SE2768 : Looking towards the Nave of Fountains Abbey

taken 10 months ago, near to Aldfield, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Looking towards the Nave of Fountains Abbey
Looking towards the Nave of Fountains Abbey
Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It was founded in 1132, and dissolved in 1539. The Abbey buildings and over 500 acres of land were sold by the Crown to Sir Richard Gresham, at the time a Member of Parliament and former Lord Mayor of London. The site was acquired in 1597 by Sir Stephen Proctor, who used stone from the monastic complex to build Fountains Hall.

Between 1627 and 1767, the estate was owned by the Messenger family who sold it to William Aislaby who was responsible for combining it with the Studley Royal Estate. The full history of Fountains Abbey can be seen at LinkExternal link

This is looking down the full length of the Abbey church, seen from the high altar. The nave was used by the laybrothers who looked after the day-to-day running of the Abbey, so that the choir monks could devote their lives to prayer. The laybrothers attended fewer services, although they would pray in the fields when they heard the Abbey service bell. As their work was more demanding, they had longer hours of sleep and more to eat. They often worked as shepherds or labourers on the Abbey's farms. Although the laybrothers took monastic vows, they had their own dormitory, refectory and infirmary.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park are Grade I listed and are owned by the National Trust and managed by English Heritage.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 1 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 21 November, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2742 6829 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:6.5858N 1:34.9255W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2752 6831
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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