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The Abbey of St Mary in York, England, is a ruined Benedictine abbey that lies in what are now the Yorkshire Museum Gardens, to the west of York Minster. The original abbey on the site was founded in 1055 and dedicated to Saint Olave. It was refounded by William II in 1088 who laid the foundation stone of the Norman church, although this church no longer remains. Following a dispute and riot in 1132, a party of reform-minded monks left to establish the Cistercian monastery of Fountains Abbey. The surviving ruins date back to the rebuilding programme begun in 1271 and finished by 1294.
The abbots of St Mary’s were said to be very worldly and the abbey featured heavily in the early medieval ballads of Robin Hood (with the abbot usually as Robin Hood’s nemesis).
St Mary’s was once the largest and richest Benedictine establishment in the north of England and the abbey was one of the largest landholders in Yorkshire. However, in 1539, during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII, it was closed and subsequently substantially destroyed. All that remains today are the north and west walls, plus a few other remnants: the Pilgrims’ Hospitium, the West Gate and the 14th-century timber-framed Abbot’s House (now called the King’s Manor). The walls include interval towers along the north and west stretches, St Mary’s Tower at the northwest corner and a polygonal water tower by the river. Excavated finds and architectural features, particularly relating to the warming house and late twelfth century chapter house, are displayed in the nearby Yorkshire Museum.

Pentax K10d 18-55mm
1/180 f13 ISO100
Mar 2010

Featured in “Australia versus the UK, but it’s not cricket!” 5 Aug 2010

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Trevor.x

  • Thank you very much Catherine.×.

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  • Rick Montgomery
    Rick Montgomeryalmost 4 years ago

    great image!

  • Thanks very much Rick.

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanking you Audrey

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  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 4 years ago

    Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group.
    Thank you for sharing with the rest of the world!

  • Thank you Joycelone

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  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely fab shot mate..

  • Thanks Jason

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  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosalmost 4 years ago

    Very well captured and composed, Trevor!
    Great colors!

  • Thanking you very much Adri for your kind comments.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “Australia versus the UK, but it’s not cricket!”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Thank you very much for the feature.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thanking you Matt

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  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature Marion.

    – Trevor Kersley

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