Bolton Abbey by Trevor Kersley

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The priory was originally founded at Embsay in 1120 and contained canons led by a prior. Bolton Abbey was founded in 1151 by the Augustinian order, on the banks of the River Wharfe. The land at Bolton, as well as other resources, were given to the order by a Lady Alice de Romille of Skipton Castle in 1154 In the early 14th century Scottish raiders caused the temporary abandonment of the site and serious structural damage to the priory. The seal of the priory featured the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child and the phrase sigillum sancte Marie de Bolton.
The nave of the abbey church was in use as a parish church from about 1170 onwards, and survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Building work was still going on at the abbey when the Dissolution of the Monasteries resulted in the termination of the priory in 1539. The east end remains in ruins. A tower, begun in 1520, was left half-standing, and its base was later given a bell-turret and converted into an entrance porch. Most of the remaining church is in the Gothic style of architecture, but more work was done in the Victorian era, including windows by August Pugin

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Featured in the group “Abandoned Inclination” 29 Sept 2011

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  • Keith Richardson
    Keith Richardsonover 6 years ago

    Hello Dortmund – nice to be introduced to your work through wonderful Hilary.
    This photo reminds me of “Pillars of the Earth” – have you read it?
    So many wonderful images – thank you for sharing them with us. Keith

  • Thank you….Keith, your comments are fully appreciated


    – Trevor Kersley

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsover 4 years ago

    Sigh … wish Australia had some fabulous ruins like you have …
    Superb image Trevor, enjoy it enormously!! :-)

  • Thank you very much for your comments.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Andrew Leighton
    Andrew Leightonover 4 years ago

    Looks good in b+w, and no tourists either!!

  • Thank you Andrew… shot early in the morning before the tourists arrived.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 4 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous!!! Great POV!!! Great capture!!!

  • thank you Deborah

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroover 4 years ago

    Beautiful arch!
    Looks great in BW!

  • thanks Lacey

    – Trevor Kersley

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • Thanking you very much for the feature Angie

    – Trevor Kersley

  • wwyz
    wwyzover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature Leanna

    – Trevor Kersley

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