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The Cistercian Order originally forbade the building of towers but by the beginning of the 16th century, this rule appears to have been relaxed enough for Abbot Huby to order the construction of the great tower at Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire. Marmaduke Huby was abbot at Fountains from 1495 to 1526 and the tower he constructed still bears his name.
As the extensive monastic complex is in the valley of the River Skell, it is completely hidden from view and as you approach the valley, only the top of Huby’s tower gives a clue to the hidden glory.

ZUIKO 4/3 40-150mm

WatscapePhoto is Steve Watson from
Headingley, Leeds, UK
This image is © Steven F Watson 2011

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  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    Good write and so beautiful this capture all love Normaje.

  • Thank you very much, Normajean – and for the fave.

    – WatscapePhoto

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Super picture, Steve!

  • Many thanks, David.

    – WatscapePhoto

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Remarkable shot, Steve, partly because of the subject matter & composition, but also an image that could only be got as the trees are about to get dressed for Spring! Perfect timing.

  • Thank you very much, Sheila.

    – WatscapePhoto

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous view. Wonder how much it’s changed over the centuries, would those monks still recognise it? Lovely.

  • Many thanks, Zoe. Only the last generation of monks to live there would recognise it. It was the last thing to be built and was completed not long before the dissolution. I understand it used to have a pinnacle on each corner.

    – WatscapePhoto

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