Egglestone Abbey Ruins - Co Durham by Trevor Kersley

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Egglestone Abbey
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Egglestone Abbey is an abandoned Premonstratensian Abbey on the eastern bank of the River Tees, 1½ miles (2.5km) south-east of Barnard Castle in County Durham, England, at grid reference NZ061151. Historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire.
The site buildings are protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and they are maintained by English Heritage, The Abbey was founded in the late 12th century at some point between 1168 and 1198. The founders were the Premonstratensians who wore a white habit and became known as the White Canons. The followed a code of austerity similar to that of Cistercian monks, unlike monks of other orders, they were exempt from the strict Episcopal discipline. They undertook preaching and pastoral work in the region (such as distributing meat and drink). They chose the site for the abbey was chosen because of its isolation, close proximity to a river and the supply of local stone for its construction.
In common with many of the early monasteries, the original church at Egglestone Abbey was enlarged, and partly rebuilt, about one hundred years later, it is this later church that survives today.
The abbey was always poor and at times had difficulty maintaining the required number of canons (twelve – from the twelve Apostles).
Egglestone Abbey was to suffer at the hands of Scottish invaders and the rowdy English army who were billeted there in 1346 on their way to the Battle of Neville’s Cross.
The Abbey was dissolved in 1540 by king Henry VIII, the lands were granted to Robert Strelly in 1548, who converted some of the buildings into a great private house that was abandoned in the mid-19th century.
Eventually, much of the abbey was pulled down and some of the stonework was used to pave the stable yard at the nearby Rokeby Hall in the 19th century.
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Pentax K10D 18-55mm lens
29 Oct 2009

3 images processed in Photomatix Pro3 adjusted in CS3.

Featured in the group Maximum Exposure 7 Mar 2010

150 views @ 4 Sept 2010

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  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    best of the bunch

  • tanks mate

    – Trevor Kersley

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelabout 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature

  • many thanks for the feature

    – Trevor Kersley

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • thank you

    – Trevor Kersley

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • thanks

    – Trevor Kersley

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKalmost 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • thank you

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you very much Judith

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...almost 5 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thanks Colin

    – Trevor Kersley

  • XeeraMasque
    XeeraMasquealmost 5 years ago


    Fantastic image!

    Everything has been so nicely, so superbly done.

    Truly excellent work :)

  • Thank you very much for your comments also for the fav.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpolealmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations, this is a wonderful clear and well composed image

  • Thank you very much for the feature Karen

    – Trevor Kersley

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbiealmost 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and equisite building. Wonderful capture.

  • Thank you for your comments.

    – Trevor Kersley

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