In 1145, in the reign of King Stephen, Akarius Fitz Bardolph who was Lord of Ravensworth, gave Peter de Quinciano, a monk from Savigny, land at Fors and Worton, in Wensleydale to build a monastery of their order. The monastery there was successively called the Abbey of Fors, Wensleydale and Charity.
Grange, 5 miles WNW of Aysgarth, a hamlet in the township of Low Abbotside, in the parish of Aysgarth is the original site of Fors Abbey. After it was abandoned it was known by the name of Dale Grange and now by that of the Grange alone. Serlo, then Abbot of Savigny, disapproved of the foundation, as it had been made without his knowledge and consent. He refused to supply it with monks from his abbey because of the great difficulties experienced by those he had previously sent into England. He therefore, in a general chapter, proposed that it should be transferred to the Abbey of Belland (Byland) which was closer and would be able to lend the necessary assistance required by the new foundation. Monks were sent from Byland and after undergoing great hardships because of the meagreness of their endowment and sterility of their lands, Conan, son to Alan, 1st Earl of Richmond, greatly increased their revenues and, in 1156, removed their monastery to a better location in East Witton, the present situation. Here the monks erected a new church and monastery, which, like most of the Cistercian order, was dedicated to St Mary.
At the height of its prosperity the abbey owned half of the valley and was renowned for breeding horses, a tradition that remains in the area to the present day. It was also the original home of Wensleydale cheese.
In 1279 Abbot Philip of Jervaulx was murdered by one of his monks. His successor, Abbot Thomas, was initially accused of the crime, but a jury later determined that he was not to blame. According to John Speed, at the dissolution it was valued at £455 10s. 5d. The last abbot, Adam Sedbergh, joined the Pilgrimage of Grace, and suffered death by hanging at Tyburn in June 1537, when the monastic property was forfeited to the king.
Courtesy of Wikipedia

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  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 4 years ago

    Excellent photo of a wonderful old Abbey – and it’s story makes gripping reading. Or was the photo really of the Aussie-like sky with the Abbey just happening to be in the way???LOL
    I love it – great work

  • Make the most of it. Not many of my skies are as blue as this LOL. It is actually a UK sky and a Yorkshire one at that.LOL. Thank you very much, Peter.

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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Steven!

  • Many thanks, Torfinn – and for the fave.

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  • webbie
    webbieabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Abbey Steven..ans awsome information:)

  • Thank you very much, Thelma. Despite its violent end as a religeous community, there is great serenity here.

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  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Steve!!

  • Many thanks, Colin

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  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 4 years ago

    Terrific POV and composition.

  • Thank you very much, Al

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Grand shot, Steve! We had this weather at Brimham Rocks, but by the time we got back to Braithwaite Hall by way of Jervaulx (Braithwaite was a grange for Jervaulx at one time), the mist was closing in, & we got only sketchy shots of this. Fine work.

  • Many thanks, Sheila – and for the fave. Tough luck on your visit. I’m only 40 miles away so if the weather turns it’s not much of a problem. Whereas………..

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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsabout 4 years ago

    awesome piece

  • Thank you very much, S&L.

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  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyabout 4 years ago

    beautiful shot Steve

  • Many thanks, Trevor.

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

    wonderful capture and narrative dear Steve.x

  • Thank you very much, Catherine.

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  • Eeva47
    Eeva47about 4 years ago

    Excellent photo!

  • Many thanks, Eeva.

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