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Rievaulx Abbey - North Yorkshire. by Trevor Kersley

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The site is maintained by English Heritage

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.

Pentax K10D 18-55mm
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processed in Lucis Pro and Photoshop CS5


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  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Now that’s what I call a Cathedral. Great shot Trevor.

  • thank you Gary…its great to loose yourself around the ruins for an afternoon great place.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • many thanks Audrey

    – Trevor Kersley

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Terrific picture, Trevor!

  • thanks David

    – Trevor Kersley

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot Trevor

  • many thanks Alex

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 3 years ago

    Great work

  • thanks very much Joy

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockayneover 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning image Trev, outstanding capture and a beautiful image! Instant fave methinks! S:)x

  • you’re most kind Sandi for your kind comments and the fave’s

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneover 3 years ago

    Cracking image and excellent piece of work Trevor, immediate fave

  • many thanks Peter for your kind comments and the fave.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 3 years ago

    outstanding capture of this amazing structure, Trevor!!!! Love it!!

  • thank you for your kind comments Lois

    – Trevor Kersley

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • Thank you Angie

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Nicole W.
    Nicole W.over 1 year ago

    Excellent work!

    April 9th, 2013

  • Many thanks for the feature,Nicole.

    – Trevor Kersley

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