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.
(fountainsabbey.org.uk) 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.
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