Presbytery at Rievaulx Abbey

Presbytery at Rievaulx Abbey

This evening, I am posting information on Rievaulx Abbey  which has a long history but now extends to a set of romantic ruins near Helmsley in Yorkshire. A summary site history chronology is provided below.

  • Founded 1132 by a small colony of 12 Cistercian monks from Clairvaux in Burgundy.
  • Grew to become one of the most powerful and respected monastic institutions in Britain.
  • At peak in 1160s was home to 650 men who lived and worked in a structured work and worship environment.
  • Bishop Aelred (1147-67) was appointed third abbot and it was under Aelred that Rievaulx achieved a high reputation in the ruling circles of England, Scotland and France. It was under Aelred’s bishopric that most of the buildings evident today were constructed.
  • Became casualty of Henry VIII’s Dissolution programe in the 1540s.
  • Post dissolution,many of the buildings were destroyed by the new owner.
  • In the 1750s the site gained a new role when landowner, Thomas Duncombe created a viewing terrace overlooking the valley below which included the abbey ruins. This provided a stunning setting which has attracted many artists and writers.
  • Today, the site is managed by English Heritage and is open to the public. A quality site which I include in my history themed tours.

    Landscape View of Rievaulx Abbey

    Landscape View of Rievaulx Abbey

South Transept and Presbytery at Rievaulx Abbey

South Transept and Presbytery at Rievaulx Abbey

Presbytery Viewed from North

Presbytery Viewed from North

South Transept at Rievaulx Abbey, England

South Transept at Rievaulx Abbey, England

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