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Much better if opened in the large format by right clicking NEW TAB. It seems to have lost detail in this posting, as compared with the original.

These ruins at Rievaulx are quite spectacular! When you approach them on a path from Helmsley, they seem to grow out of the surrounding fields.

Rievaulx Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery in the north of England, founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey in Burgundy.

Its remote location was well suited to the order's ideal of a strict life of prayer and self-sufficiency with little contact with the outside world.

The abbey grew in status, with the monks slowly abandoning their strict regime over the years. In early 16th century, the abbey was said to consist of 72 buildings occupied by the abbot and 21 monks, with 102 lay employees, and an income of £351 a year. The abbey owned a prototype blast furnace at Laskill, producing cast iron as efficiently as a modern blast furnace. It was one of the great abbeys in England until it was seized under Henry VIII of England in 1538 during the dissolution of the monasteries.

It is now a listed building under the care of English Heritage who have made the history of the building come alive with their informative displays.

This photograph was from my first visit to the abbey, before the displays had been organised. There is much more visual information to be found now. However, on subsequent visits, the weather was never as beautiful as it was on this day. In fact ... it usually rained!

Have a good day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9649 W: 378 N: 22311] (87474)
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