Fountains Abbey and the River Skell.
Fountains Abbey was founded in 1132 by thirteen monks who were expelled from the Benedictine St. Mary’s Abbey in York after causing a riot there because of their view that the Abbey needed to return to the 6th century rule of St Benedict.
Within three years the new abbey at Fountains had been accepted into the Cistercian order and continued to prosper. By the time of the dissolution in the sixteenth century, Fountains Abbey was one of the richest and most successful monastic communities in the country.
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