Photographer's Note

Jervaulx Abbey just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park is privately owned, but open to the public until dusk most days. It has been part of the 490 acre estate of the Burdon family since 1971. Thanks to a grant from English Heritage in 1984, work has been done to repair any dangerous parts of the ruin. Unlike English Heritage or National Trust properties, wild flowers have been encouraged to grow at Jervaulx in and among the old stones. It is said there are over 200 different species. While the EH and NT properties are kept in pristine condition, I loved the wild and romantic ambience of Jervaulx. There are seats scattered here and there so you can sit and soak up the atmosphere. It is a real pleasure walking round the abbey with all the wild flowers almost taking over. Well worth the visit, although it is poorly signposted and easy to miss. The entrance fee of £2 is paid into an honesty box at the gate. They also have a car park and tea room across the road with home made food. Don't miss it if you are in the area. It is on the A6108 between Masham (of Black Sheep Ale fame - also worth a visit) and Leyburn.
(You might be interested in looking at my English Heritage theme for comparison)

Built in the 12th century, Jervaulx Abbey was a Cistercian abbey, said to have been the second largest in the UK. It was also very wealthy, owning almost half of the land in the Wensleydale area. Its prosperity was thanks to sheep rearing, horse breeding and cheese manufacture, the cheese being the origin of present day Wensleydale cheese.

During the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538, Jervaulx fared worse than some monasteries at the hands of Henry VIII, because the Abbot was one of the ringleaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace, an uprising to reverse the unpopular act. Initially the well-supported uprising was winning the battles so Henry negotiated peace, promising pardons to all rebels. Of course he didn’t keep his word and after the supporters dispersed he had the ringleaders executed, including the Abbot of Jervaulx. Much of the abbey church was savagely destroyed leaving only the stones marking out the ground plan.

I’m fairly sure that this wall is part of what remains of the monks' dormitory. I can't be certain, because the book I bought has mysteriously disappeared. ;D It is the part of the abbey most visible from a distance. I had to lie on the ground to take this as I wanted the buttercups in the foreground. I have numerous images but I have posted this one to give a better idea of the ruins than some of the more detailed shots I have.

I was using a tripod and ISO100, but was so low for this I had to handhold it so put up the ISO to 200. FL24mm

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