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Fountains Abbey & Royal Studley Water Gardens in Yorkshire

The ruins at Fountains Abbey tell the story of 400 yrs of monastic life, years of riches, ruin and revival, brought to a close by the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII

The ruins at Fountains Abbey tell the story of 400 yrs of monastic life, years of riches, ruin and revival, brought to a close by the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII

Studley Royal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but I expected more of their gardens; there was no color and it was just large grassy areas with hedges

Studley Royal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but I expected more of their gardens; there was no color and it was just large grassy areas with hedges

Part of a 674 acre parcel,  Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal became two of the first National Trust properties to be included in Google Street View, using the Google Trike

Part of a 674 acre parcel, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal became two of the first National Trust properties to be included in Google Street View, using the Google Trike

The abbey church, completed around 1170, was 300 ft long and had 11 bays in the side aisles; an 160-foot-tall tower was added in the early 1500s, not long before the dissolution

The abbey church, completed around 1170, was 300 ft long and had 11 bays in the side aisles; an 160-foot-tall tower was added in the early 1500s, not long before the dissolution

Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England; the abbey precinct covered 70 acres surrounded by an 11-foot high wall built in the 13th century, some parts of which are still visible

Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England; the abbey precinct covered 70 acres surrounded by an 11-foot high wall built in the 13th century, some parts of which are still visible

By the mid-1200s, Fountains Abbey had become one of the largest and most powerful religious houses in the country; it was one of the leading producers of wool which provided the main source of wealth

By the mid-1200s, Fountains Abbey had become one of the largest and most powerful religious houses in the country; it was one of the leading producers of wool which provided the main source of wealth

The Church of St Mary is a Victorian Gothic Revival church built in the Early English style and consecrated in 1878; its extravagantly decorated interior is influenced by 13th century English Gothic styles

The Church of St Mary is a Victorian Gothic Revival church built in the Early English style and consecrated in 1878; its extravagantly decorated interior is influenced by 13th century English Gothic styles

It seems like everywhere we went in England that everyone had a dog; dogs were allowed most places but grocery stores and most restaurants were off-limits

It seems like everywhere we went in England that everyone had a dog; dogs were allowed most places but grocery stores and most restaurants were off-limits

The abbot's house, one of the largest in England, was built in the mid-12th century as a modest structure, then, from the 14th century, underwent extensive expansion to end up in the 16th century as a grand dwelling; the great hall was 171 by 69 ft

The abbot's house, one of the largest in England, was built in the mid-12th century as a modest structure, then, from the 14th century, underwent extensive expansion to end up in the 16th century as a grand dwelling; the great hall was 171 by 69 ft

Lee and I had to check out Studley Royal in honor of Jeff Fisher; I guess Jeff wasn't the original Studley but now he has a famous park which shares his name

Lee and I had to check out Studley Royal in honor of Jeff Fisher; I guess Jeff wasn't the original Studley but now he has a famous park which shares his name

Studley Royal was originally a separate property with the owner developing an English garden and lakes using his neighbors monastic ruins as a backdrop; the properties were eventually combined in 1767

Studley Royal was originally a separate property with the owner developing an English garden and lakes using his neighbors monastic ruins as a backdrop; the properties were eventually combined in 1767

The stained glass in St. Mary's Church is of particularly high quality; the church was built by the Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon following a tragic family death in 1870

The stained glass in St. Mary's Church is of particularly high quality; the church was built by the Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon following a tragic family death in 1870

In 1874 Lord Ripon converted to Roman Catholicism, much to the dismay of his family and political colleagues; his wife remained loyal to the Church of England, and so she assumed greater responsibility for the half-built church

In 1874 Lord Ripon converted to Roman Catholicism, much to the dismay of his family and political colleagues; his wife remained loyal to the Church of England, and so she assumed greater responsibility for the half-built church

At Bodnant Gardens I bought a one year National Trust membership which allows me free entry into any National Trust site in the UK; this is one of those sites and they seem to be like our National Park Service but aren't all parks

At Bodnant Gardens I bought a one year National Trust membership which allows me free entry into any National Trust site in the UK; this is one of those sites and they seem to be like our National Park Service but aren't all parks

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin; Fountains Abbey began in 1132 when a group of 13 disaffected monks from York came to this wild and wooded valley in search of a simpler life

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin; Fountains Abbey began in 1132 when a group of 13 disaffected monks from York came to this wild and wooded valley in search of a simpler life

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