Fountains Abbey Cellarium by David Davies

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A short while ago I was admiring a bubbler’s pictures of the Cellarium of Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, England. Imagine my surprise when, digging through my slides of England I found that I actually had one too. One! This is it.

( The dramatic Abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country.

Set in the naturally beautiful Skell valley, flanked by two vast expanses of lawned grass with awe inspiring cliff faces to either side and the river Skell running through the valley and under The Abbey – which in itself is a masterpiece of twelfth century building ingenuity – this truly is a beautiful place to visit.

The Cellarium

Amazingly the cellarium roof has remained intact and the lay brothers ate, slept and socialised here, beneath the incredible vaulted ceiling which escaped Henry VIII’s brutal sixteenth century dissolution of the abbeys.

Today the inhabitants are protected species of bat who live in the ceiling nooks and only come out after dusk. It is estimated there are over eight species of bats living in the cellarium.

Olumpus OM-2, 50mm 1.2


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I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieabout 3 years ago

    Sol colorful and elegant – the way the light displays color is excellent.

  • Thank you, Barbie! Impressive construction, isn’t it.

    – David Davies

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture David …

  • Thank you, Tom and thanks for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerabout 3 years ago

    What an amazing place, David! And what skill those ancient architects and builders had!

  • Isn’t it amazing! Now we just seem to build higher, not better! Thanks for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 3 years ago

    wonderful image David

  • Thank you, Tina!

    – David Davies

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoabout 3 years ago

    Nice one David.

  • Thanks, Steve!

    – David Davies

  • p.s. I think it was you I told I regretted not taking a picture of the cellarium. Well, as you see, I found one!

    – David Davies

  • Rafferty-Evans
    Rafferty-Evansabout 3 years ago

    very nice detail

  • Thank you, Lee-Anne!

    – David Davies

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you so much, Pops!

    – David Davies

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaabout 3 years ago

    Great shot David. Love the lighting and shadows.

  • Thank you, Ralph!

    – David Davies

  • Sara-Jane  Keeley
    Sara-Jane Keeleyabout 3 years ago

    fantastic shot love shots like this

  • Thank you, Sara-Jane, so do I!

    – David Davies

  • JustOneClick
    JustOneClickabout 3 years ago

    brilliant david

  • Thank you, Steve!

    – David Davies

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