Top ten place *Four letter Word Ruins Challenge November 2011

Bolton Abbey,North Yorkshire taken on a recent visit This is an English Heritage property

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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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    an excellent shot

  • Thank you Martina

    – Ray Clarke

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    This is a fantastic image Ray, one of my favourite places, I love Skipton too,
    excellent work, Ann

  • Thanks for you great comment Ann, we want to visit Skipton shortly

    – Ray Clarke

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot of this beautiful location Ray, the framing using the trees is excellent!!

  • Thanks for your great comment Shaun, have deleted the others

    – Ray Clarke

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

    beautiful work Ray.x

  • Thansk Catherine

    – Ray Clarke

  • Segalili
    Segaliliover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot, Ray! Beautiful composition and great colours! Thanks for the enriching text!

  • Thanks for you lovely comments Seqalili

    – Ray Clarke

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 4 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thanks for your comments Colin

    – Ray Clarke

  • anisja
    anisjaover 4 years ago

    Very nice capture.

  • Thank you

    – Ray Clarke

  • relayer51
    relayer51over 4 years ago

    Great capture Ray, this must have been a very impressive building in its day.

  • Thanks for you comment, yes it must, and still is

    – Ray Clarke

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks for commenting

    – Ray Clarke

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 4 years ago

    Nice capture and narrative Ray.

  • Thanks for commenting Richard

    – Ray Clarke

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