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17a. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

(a) Ruins of Fountains Abbey

Scenes in Yorkshire (re-edit 18/09/2022)

See also

17b. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (b) Studley Royal parkland and water gardens

17c. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (c) St Mary's Church

17d Fountains Hall and Fountains Mill

Fountains Abbey is one of the most impressive monastic ruins in Great Britain and set in the parkland of Studley Royal, and managed by the National Trust. The ruins of Fountains Abbey are a culmination of architectural development that started when the monks first arrived in here 1132. Fountains Abbey is a Grade I listed building owned by the National Trust and part of the designated Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fountains Abbey was founded in 1132, the abbey functioned as a monastic site for 407 years and became one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until its dissolution in 1539 under the order of Henry VIII.

I have only added a few brief notes and left the pictures to guide your imagination of life in Fountains Abbey and hopefully inspire a visit.

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Entrance and cafe, (food is good), and Visitor Centre for entrance and gifts.

 

Fountains Abbey children's play area Fountains Abbey

A herb garden and the children's play area, Fountains Abbey

 

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Inside the cafe of the Fountains Abbey visitor centre and entrance.

 

seating outside the cafe of Fountains Abbey  view of Fountain's Abbey tower from inside the cafe and outside seating in the sun

 

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The official map to help you plan your day out at exploring the ruins of Fountains Abbey.

 

Life on Swanley Grange Farm Fountains Abbey Fountains Abbey

Swanley Grange farm to appreciate life on a medieval farm and its relationship with Fountains Abbey.

life on a Grange Fountains Abbey Life on a grange and wealth creation from wool.

 

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The path down to Fountains Abbey from the Visitor Centre.

 

Your first view of the West Range of fountains Abbey.

Your first view of the West Range of fountains Abbey.

 

 sandstone quarry cliffs Fountains Abbey

The quarried sandstone cliff by the Fountains Abbey ruins, no doubt used as a convenient source of stone.

 

map of ruins of Fountains Abbey

Map of the ruins of Fountains Abbey

Most of the ruins of Fountains Abbey you see today, were originally built between 1146 to 1247 under the direction of several Abbots.

The 160 ft north tower of Fountains Abbey was built between 1496 and 1526.

 

guest houses Fountains Abbey

The ruins of the guest houses of Fountains Abbey on the banks of the stream (River Skell).

 

west view of Fountains Abbey ruins

An external view of the ruins - the west end of the nave, the tower and the west wall of the cellarium

 

 

River Skell at Fountains Abbey The River Skell stream near the reredorter (toilets) of Fountains Abbey,

The River Skell stream near the reredorter (toilets) of Fountains Abbey,.

 

inside the guest house interior Fountains Abbey

Inside the guest houses of Fountains Abbey.

 

bridge over River Skell by guest house Fountains Abbey

General view of the guest house ruins and one of the medieval bridges over the River Skell.

 

The north entrance doorway to the lay bothers infirmary of Fountains Abbey.

The north entrance doorway to the lay bothers infirmary of Fountains Abbey. It was built over the River Skell on four vaulted tunnels through which all refuse was deposited into the Skell.

 

arched vaulting of the cellarium of the west range of Fountains Abbey

The wonderful arched vaulting of the cellarium inside the West Range of Fountains Abbey.

cellarium Fountains Abbey

 

nave north aisle arches Fountains Abbey

Looking east down the nave between the great columns of the north aisle (left) and south aisles (out of view) of Fountains Abbey.

The nave is built in an impressive late Norman style and the interior was originally painted white.

 

nave south aisle arches Fountains Abbey

The nave columns of the south aisle of Fountains Abbey.

 

tower entarnce Fountains Abbey details of aisle arches Fountains Abbey

The tall north tower and detail of the nave columns of Fountains Abbey.

The large Perpendicular Tower, 179 feet high, made of limestone and erected by Abbot Marmaduke Huby (1495-1526) as a memorial to himself as a builder and reformer of the Order of Inscriptions to the glory of God, initialised M.H. is carved on all four sides of the tower.

 

Chapel of the Nine Altars, Chancel and East Window Fountains Abbey

The east end of Fountains Abbey: The Chapel of the Nine Altars, Chancel and East Window

 

interior of the Chapel of the Nine Altars Fountains Abbey

The interior of the Chapel of the Nine Altars of Fountains Abbey.

 

ruins of the Chapter House Fountains Abbey

In the foreground, the ruins of the Chapter House and looking towards the north tower of Fountains Abbey.

 

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The stream and medieval bridge near the Guest Houses of Fountains Abbey.

 

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Refectory ruins of Fountains Abbey

The Refectory ruins of Fountains Abbey

 

view of the ruins from the south-east Fountains Abbey

A general view of the ruins from the south-east

 

ruins of the infirmary buildings by the River Skell Fountains Abbey Fountains Abbey

The ruins of the infirmary buildings by the River Skell which flows by the ruins of Fountains Abbey and used by the monastery as a water supply.

 

Details of the stonework of the Chapel of the Nine Altars Fountains Abbey

Details of the stonework of the Chapel of the Nine Altars

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Looking west down the north aisle of the nave of Fountains Abbey

Looking west down the north aisle of the nave of Fountains Abbey.

 

Looking east down the north aisle of the nave of Fountains Abbey

Looking east down the north aisle of the nave of Fountains Abbey.

 

green square of the cloisters of Fountains Abbey

The green square of the cloisters of Fountains Abbey.

 

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The cloisters of Fountains Abbey, but few of the walls enclosing it have survived, but you can see the arches of the Chapter House.

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view looking directly at the exterior west wall of the cellarium Fountains Abbey

A great picnic spot and view looking directly at the exterior of the west wall of the cellarium - the west range.

 

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The River Skell provided a convenient source of water - one reason why Fountains Abbey was built here plus the hand sandstone cliff quarry

Fountains Abbey  Porter's Lodge ruins of Fountains Abbey.

The Porter's Lodge has been converted into a museum and display centre.

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Porter's Lodge Museum Fountains Abbey Fountains Abbey
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See also

17b. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (b) Studley Royal parkland and water gardens

17c. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (c) St Mary's Church

17d Fountains Hall and Fountains Mill

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17b. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (b) Studley Royal parkland and water gardens

17c. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (c) St Mary's Church

17d Fountains Hall and Fountains Mill

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