Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey as a mission centre for the colonisation of the north of England and Scotland. It was the first Cistercian abbey in the north. With time it became one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire, second only to Fountains Abbey in fame.
The remote location was ideal for the Cistercians, whose desire was to follow a strict life of prayer and self-sufficiency with as little contact as possible with the outside world. The patron, Walter Espec, settled another new Cistercian community, founding Wardon Abbey, Bedfordshire, on one of his inherited estates, again on unprofitable wasteland,

Maintained by English Heritage

16 Oct 2009

Pentax K10D 18-55mm lens
1/60 @ f13.0 ISO 100

Featured in Your Country’s Best on Tuesday 28th September 2010

Featured in “Australia versus the UK, but it’s not cricket!”..3 Oct 2010

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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 5 years ago


  • Thank you once again my friend for your comments and the fave.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture of this fantastic place. Brilliant, Trevor.

  • Thanks Steve…had a nice afternoon walking around there

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...over 5 years ago
    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thank you Colin for your comments they are fully appreciated.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • brimellor1
    brimellor1over 5 years ago

    Stunning shot!!

  • Thank you Brian

    – Trevor Kersley

  • camael
    camaelover 5 years ago

    What an amazing place to visit. Gorgeous capture!

  • Thanks for the comments..I agree it is a amazing place

    – Trevor Kersley

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesabout 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • thanks Chris

    – Trevor Kersley

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesabout 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • thank you

    – Trevor Kersley

  • DJ Florek
    DJ Florekabout 5 years ago

    Very nice indeed! wonderful color and clarity:)

  • many thanks for your kind words.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • thank you Audrey

    – Trevor Kersley

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for featuring my work.

    – Trevor Kersley

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