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Byland was founded as a Savigniac house in 1134, but was brought within the Cistercian family following the absorption of the Savigniac Congregation in 1147. By the late twelfth century Byland, Fountains and Rievaulx were described as ’the three shining lights of the North’ .
The community of Byland started as a colony of monks sent from Furness, to Calder, Cumberland, in 1134, but moved to several locations before finally settling at the present site, near the village of Coxwold. Most of the buildings were complete upon the monks’ arrival and the abbey church was one of the largest and most impressive in Cistercian Europe. Once settled the community prospered and was especially renowned for sheep-rearing and the export of wool.
Today, the abbey remains include one of the largest cloisters in England, which was glazed in the fifteenth century to keep out the cold. Excavation has recovered stunning thirteenth-century floor tiles in the church, as well as the only stone lecturn base in England. Byland’s altar is now at Ampleforth Abbey.
(The Cistercians in Yorkshire)

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WatscapePhoto is Steve Watson from
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  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    excellent steve

  • Thank you very much, Steve.

    – WatscapePhoto

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 5 years ago

    This is a fascinating, unusual ruin. Thanks for the great history – must look this up. Beautiful composition with the tree in its proper place, I’d say!

  • Many thanks, Sheila.

    – WatscapePhoto

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 5 years ago

    This must have been a gorgeous place at one time.

  • Indeed it must. Thank you very much, Al.

    – WatscapePhoto

  • Janie Oliver
    Janie Oliverabout 5 years ago

    wonderful comp. great shot.

  • Many thanks, Janie

    – WatscapePhoto

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyabout 5 years ago

    great shot Steve…know the place very very well..about 3 miles from where I live.

  • Thank you very much, Trevor. Lucky man.

    – WatscapePhoto

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