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Today I am briefly going to take us back to North Yorkshire to a pretty market town called Helmsley and its Abbey. When I covered Helmsley Castle I wanted to keep eyes on its impressive set of ruins. I was in error not to include Rievaulx Abbey so today it will receive its due and I will put a photo of it in the old album for North Yorkshire and in this entry.
Perhaps the finest Abbey in Yorkshire, its stunningly beautiful setting in a wooded valley near the River Rye is a fitting place for its magnificence. It is surrounded by steep drops which formed a type of natural barrier and security to the environs. It was founded by Cistercian Monks from Clairvaux and this was their first major monastery in Britain circa 1132.
The primary buildings , which include a nave, were finished before 1200. The layouts which include chapel, kitchens and infirmary give an idea of monastic life in medieval times.
If you’re in the area check it out for yourself!
Tomorrow you will see the entirety of everything that Lincolnshire has to offer in castles and more…..
Until then, lots of love, kisses and hugs from The Castle Lady!