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Bolton Priory

Featured in "The World as we see it or missed it " 21st November 2010

The priory was originally founded at Embsay in 1120 and contained canons led by a prior. Bolton Abbey was founded in 1151 by the Augustinian order, on the banks of the River Wharfe. The land at Bolton, as well as other resources, were given to the order by a Lady Alice de Romille of Skipton Castle in 1154.1 In the early 14th century Scottish raiders caused the temporary abandonment of the site and serious structural damage to the priory.2 The seal of the priory featured the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child and the phrase sigillum sancte Marie de Bolton.3

The nave of the abbey church was in use as a parish church from about 1170 onwards, and survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Building work was still going on at the abbey when the Dissolution of the Monasteries resulted in the termination of the priory in 1539. The east end remains in ruins. A tower, begun in 1520, was left half-standing, and its base was later given a bell-turret and converted into an entrance porch. Most of the remaining church is in the Gothic style of architecture, but more work was done in the Victorian era, including windows by August Pugin.
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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    This is a fantastic image, excellent work,

  • Thank you Ann

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  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonover 4 years ago

    Outstanding, Ray! Love your POV, and the composition and the lighting here are just superb! Brilliant work!

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  • PSL1
    PSL1over 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Ray. I like the prospective used.

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  • CarrieAnn
    CarrieAnnover 4 years ago

    Great capture of a beautiful location ~ Well Done : )

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  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceover 4 years ago

    This is a stunning image. One can just feel the centuries go by in a flash.

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  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully done, the sky is so beautiful against the old stone !

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Thanks Morag!

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Thanks for featuring my work in you group

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  • vaggypar
    vaggyparalmost 4 years ago

    Great Work .!!

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  • MidnightMelody
    MidnightMelodyover 2 years ago

    Excellent clarity and composition!

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