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Byland Abbey is a ruined abbey and a small village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire

It was founded as a Savigniac abbey in January 1135 and was absorbed by the Cistercian order in 1147. It wasn’t an easy start for the community who had had to move five times before settling at New Byland, near Coxwold in 1177. Its early history was marked by disputes with no fewer than four other religious establishments: (Furness Abbey, Calder Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey and Newburgh Priory). However, once it had overcome this bad start, it was described in the late 14th century as “one of the three shining lights of the north”. Its financial success was not as great as that of places like Rievaulx, but it was famed for its sheep rearing and wool exports. Its church was said to be among the finest 12th-century churches in Europe.
It was dissolved on 30 November 1538. In 1539, its site was granted to Sir William Pickering.
Impressive remains can still be seen, in the care of English Heritage, including the lower half of a huge rose window. An interesting feature is the preservation of some of the brightly-coloured medieval floor tiles. An altar table was also recovered, although that is now in Ampleforth, and a stone lectern base from the chapter house is the only example its kind in Britain.

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Feartured in the group “History” 31 Jan 2011


  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanabout 4 years ago

    Lovely wintery shot of this beautiful Abbey Trevor!

  • Many thanks Shaun

    – Trevor Kersley

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoabout 4 years ago

    Excellent, Trevor. That looks really chilly.

  • Thanks Steve…it was freezing

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieabout 4 years ago

    nice work Trevor! I like this a lot :)

  • Thank you very much Stephanie

    – Trevor Kersley

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

    a beautiful capture dear Trevor, and great narrative.x

  • Many thanks for your comments Catherine.×.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Stark & cold & lovely & beautiful… a grand catch.

  • Thanks Sheila.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey also for the fave

    – Trevor Kersley

  • relayer51
    relayer51about 4 years ago

    Superb Capture Trevor, this must have been quite a building in its day.

  • Thanks very much Mark..Yup I would have liked to have seen it before it was smashed up.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • Thanking you Angie

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneabout 4 years ago

    Great shot of this lovely old ruin Trevor

  • Very kind of you Peter

    – Trevor Kersley

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Great winters day scene.

  • Thanking you Gary

    – Trevor Kersley

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