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The Presbytery - Rievaulx Abbey by Trevor Kersley
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The majestic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey rising from the depths of the narrow valley of the river Rye, serves to illustrate the power, wealth and importance that these monastic communities held in medieval England. Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 and was the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England. The Abbey’s period of greatest prosperity and importance came during the rule of its third abbot, St. Aelred 1147-1167, when many of the buildings surviving today were constructed. At this time the community peaked at 140 choir monks and 500 lay-brothers and servants, when the abbey was suppressed in 1538 under the reign of King Henry VIII, there were only 22 monks but still 102 paid servants. Small wonder that the King saw a need for the reform and ultimate destruction of monastic institutions.

The Cistercian order originated in France about 1098. The centre of the monastic philosophy was an uncompromising insistence on poverty, simplicity of life and the need to separate the communities physically from the outside world. With this in mind the Cistercians positioned their monasteries away from other settlements and insisted that they be self sufficient, renouncing all cash revenues and feudal ties. They introduced a system of lay-brothers who would work their estates and be bound by monastic discipline.

The site is maintained by English Heritage.

Pentax K10D 18-55mm lens DSLR
Oct 2009

Processed from RAW in Photoshop and then converted using Nik Software – Silver Efex- Antique Plate II


Comments

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture and treatment! :D

  • Thank you for the comments Cee

    – Trevor Kersley

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • thanks Cee

    – Trevor Kersley

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Magical capture Trevor.

  • Thank you Don..its a marvellous place for a quite stroll around

    – Trevor Kersley

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    great shot Trevor

  • Thank you Steve & Lesley

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartover 4 years ago
  • thank you Julie

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • thank you Audrey

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • thank you Audrey

    – Trevor Kersley

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • thank you Angie

    – Trevor Kersley

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 2 years ago

  • Thanks very much for the feature Graham

    – Trevor Kersley

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