Fountains Abbey is situated near Ripon in North Yorkshire, and is one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian houses in England. It is the ruins of a Cistercian Monastery founded in 1132 and is now a Grade 1 listed building and owned by The National Trust. Along with the adjacent Studley Water Garden, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Abbey was built by 13 Benedictine monks who, following a riot and falling out came under the protection of the Archbishop of York, they applied to become Cistercian monks and came to this place to build the Abbey from the local stone.The Abbey operated for over 400 years, until 1539 when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the Abbey along with over 500 acres of land was sold off by the Crown to Sir Richard Gresham, in who’s family it remained until being sold to Stephen Proctor who built Fountains Hall, partly with the stone from the ruins of the Abbey. Today it offers a great day out to enjoy with the whole family. There are over 800 acres to explore, all in stunningly beautiful countryside and ten historic buildings which span 800 years of history.
Official Website : www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden
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