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Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey

Byland was founded as a Savigniac house in 1134, but was brought within the Cistercian family following the absorption of the Savigniac Congregation in 1147. By the late twelfth century Byland, Fountains and Rievaulx were described as 'the three shining lights of the North’ .

The community of Byland started as a colony of monks sent from Furness, to Calder, Cumberland, in 1134, but moved to several locations before finally settling at the present site, near the village of Coxwold. Most of the buildings were complete upon the monks’ arrival and the abbey church was one of the largest and most impressive in Cistercian Europe. Once settled the community prospered and was especially renowned for sheep-rearing and the export of wool.

Today, the abbey remains include one of the largest cloisters in England, which was glazed in the fifteenth century to keep out the cold. Excavation has recovered stunning thirteenth-century floor tiles in the church, as well as the only stone lecturn base in England. Byland’s altar is now at Ampleforth Abbey.

 

Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey

Byland was founded as a Savigniac house in 1134, but was brought within the Cistercian family following the absorption of the Savigniac Congregation in 1147. By the late twelfth century Byland, Fountains and Rievaulx were described as 'the three shining lights of the North’ .

The community of Byland started as a colony of monks sent from Furness, to Calder, Cumberland, in 1134, but moved to several locations before finally settling at the present site, near the village of Coxwold. Most of the buildings were complete upon the monks’ arrival and the abbey church was one of the largest and most impressive in Cistercian Europe. Once settled the community prospered and was especially renowned for sheep-rearing and the export of wool.

Today, the abbey remains include one of the largest cloisters in England, which was glazed in the fifteenth century to keep out the cold. Excavation has recovered stunning thirteenth-century floor tiles in the church, as well as the only stone lecturn base in England. Byland’s altar is now at Ampleforth Abbey.

 

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Jan 2012, 00:43
Darn!

Poor project planning led to them running out of cash before they got the roof on the place...


This is an excellent ruin, Bill.
Bill Phillips: I know quite a few excellent ruins
Bloody hell Bill, i have just fallen of the chair,this is the best thing you have done.
Bill Phillips: Taken on a 3 megapixel kodak compact!
This is a superb photo of the Abbey Bill and i enjoyed the history behind it very much....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Rather overshadowed by Fountains but it must have been an impressive sight in the 12th century
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Jan 2012, 07:15
I have never even heard of this place: it looks to be an interesting place to visit
Bill Phillips: In the care of English heritage as I recall and worth a visit
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Jan 2012, 07:38
Your information is interesting - and impressive monastery ruins -I'm always fascinated by old cloisters (Klöster) -and I remember well Fountains.
Bill Phillips: Fountains is something very special but Byland is well worth a visit
  • lisl
  • England
  • 26 Jan 2012, 07:56
I have visited Fountains and Rievaulx, but am ashamed to say I have not heard of Byland - so thank you for this enlightenment
Bill Phillips: We were English Heritage members at the time or I suspect we wouldn't have heard of it either
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 26 Jan 2012, 08:24
Not much of a view, this is simply a ruin.
Bill Phillips: Better than from a hotel window in Torbay on a dull day
Funny how a heap of stones piled up in a clever way can bring out so much enthusiasm in people ... and a damn good job too, I say.
Bill Phillips: There is something about a good ruin that is irresistible
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jan 2012, 09:53
It'll be nice when it's finished. Byland Abbey is always on my list of places to visit oop north but never make it.
Bill Phillips: Worth a visit. Still time to get there before it is finished
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Jan 2012, 10:14
Fine evocative capture Bill, really does look like a site worth visiting.
Bill Phillips: It is Fred. Well worth a trip
This is fabulous Bill!
Thanks for the narrative.
Bill Phillips: My pleasure. It is a very splendid ruin
  • Linda
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Jan 2012, 13:19
Excellent presentation and treatment Bill and great write up about the Abbey smile
Bill Phillips: It is well worth a visit Linda
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Jan 2012, 14:20
This looks like a place I'd visit Bill, nice shot! I appreciate the history too, I've never heard of it before.
Bill Phillips: I think it is rather overshadowed by Fountains Abbey but it is well worth a visit
Nice one, Bill
Bill Phillips: Thank you kindly Tom
Love the old cigarette card feel of this, nice shot.
Bill Phillips: I hadn't really thought of that John, but I can see what you mean
A fine shot for an old camera Bill with the limitations of the time. What a great shame though that places such as this are in ruins, thanks to good old Henry VIII again I suppose.
Bill Phillips: Well he needed the money
Good old English Heritage! They do brilliant work without which our history would be far more ruinous. The tonal qualities here are really very special Bill, a great job!
Bill Phillips: They do indeed. We used to be members of both them and the NT but we are only in the NT now. might rejoin sometime
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Jan 2012, 21:14
An impressive ruin and a fine photo too!
Bill Phillips: Thanks mike. It is well worth a visit if you are up north
Good POV to get all the abbey and foreground, Bill.

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