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Byland Abbey is a ruined abbey and a small village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire

It was founded as a Savigniac abbey in January 1135 and was absorbed by the Cistercian order in 1147. It wasn’t an easy start for the community who had had to move five times before settling at New Byland, near Coxwold in 1177. Its early history was marked by disputes with no fewer than four other religious establishments: (Furness Abbey, Calder Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey and Newburgh Priory). However, once it had overcome this bad start, it was described in the late 14th century as “one of the three shining lights of the north”. Its financial success was not as great as that of places like Rievaulx, but it was famed for its sheep rearing and wool exports. Its church was said to be among the finest 12th-century churches in Europe.
It was dissolved on 30 November 1538. In 1539, its site was granted to Sir William Pickering.
Impressive remains can still be seen, in the care of English Heritage, including the lower half of a huge rose window. An interesting feature is the preservation of some of the brightly-coloured medieval floor tiles. An altar table was also recovered, although that is now in Ampleforth, and a stone lectern base from the chapter house is the only example its kind in Britain.

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  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 6 years ago

    another beauty, love the light on this. wonderful imagery and glorious sky. hugs xxx

  • Thanks for the comments

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  • emele
    emeleabout 6 years ago

    Stunning blue – really makes this shot stand out :)

  • Thanks for the comment—was trying out a filter to get the blue sky

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Jennifer Potter
    Jennifer Potterabout 6 years ago


  • Thank you very much for looking and commenting

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  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksabout 5 years ago


  • thank you very much Linda

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  • fauselr
    fauselrabout 5 years ago

    great shot

  • thanks very much

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey

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  • Leanna Lomanski
    Leanna Lomanskiover 3 years ago

  • Thanks very much for the feature Leanna.

    – Trevor Kersley

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