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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,

16 Oct 2009

Pentax K10D 18-55mm lens
1/90 @ f13 ISO 100
Focal Length 38mm

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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot Trevor!

  • thank you very much my friend

    – Trevor Kersley

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoabout 5 years ago

    Arches upon arches upon arches. Stunning work, Trevor

  • Thanks Steve…imagin if there was glass in them and having to clean them.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 4 years ago

    stunning building and a great capture

  • Thanks for your comments Jacqui.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Great picture. Ruins are so evocative.

  • Thanks very much David.

    – Trevor Kersley

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