Thursday, 3 August 2017

The ruined Abbeys & Priories of Yorkshire

I've just spent a rather enjoyable week in Yorkshire and I managed to visit 5 ruined Abbeys.

Whenever I walk around these places I can't help but what to see there before the dissolution.

Fountains Abbey was a Cistercian Monastery founded in 1132. Today it is in the care of the National Trust and a world heritage site.

Mount Grace Priory was a Carthusian Priory founded in 1398. Carthusian's live as hermits and each have their own cell (more like a small house). Today it is owned by the National Trust and in the care of English Heritage.

Kirkham priory was an Augustinian house founded in the 1120s by Walter l'Espec, lord of nearby Helmsley, who also built Rievaulx Abbey. This lancet at the east end of the church shows you how impressive this must once have been. When I looked at it I couldn't help but think of the many great churches we lost at the reformation. Can you imagine 600 years time seeing great churches like Selby, Beverley, Chirstchuch Priory and Tewkesbury as ruins?

Rievaulx is another Cistercian Abbey founded in 1132

Byland Abbey was a Savigniac foundation and was originally founded in 1135. It had a troubled start having to move 5 times. At one point it was at Old Byland which is near Rievaulx but Savingnac's and Cistercian's had services at different times and the bells were rung at different times and the monks never knew who was being called to service so it moved. Amusingly the Saviginiac's were absorbed into the Cistercian's and Rievaulx helped Byland establish itself at New Byland.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Last month I was in Cornwall and had a visit to the Botallack mine. It is famous as the place where the Poldark series is formed.

Sunday, 2 July 2017


I still have photos from Cornwall to share but here are some pictures I took today in the small Essex town of Thaxted.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Bedruthan Steps

I am in Cornwall for a week and today went for a walk to Bedruthan Steps. Lovely sunshine and views... glorious.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

St Peter Port

Some more pics from my trip to Guernsey. This time of the capital St Peter Port.

On a Sunday in season the coast road is closed allowing a number of craft and food stalls to operate. It is rather nice.

The Liberation Day monument.

St Peter's church.

Castle Cornet