Corner of Yorkshire: Byland Abbey

If you’ve ever sat down in an old stone house anywhere in the Howardian Hills there’s a good chance that you were seated on a bit of Byland Abbey. Despite being one of the most impressive and influential buildings in England for 400 years it fell into disrepair after the monastery was dissolved in 1539 and its stones were then taken by the neighbouring  population and used in their own homes.

There is still enough remaining, though, to see why the abbey was once described by 12th century historian William of Newburg as ‘one of the shining lights of north’. The lower half of the huge Rose Window, for instance, was copied by the builders of York Minster and elements of nearby Jervaulx Abbey are identical.

Perhaps most remarkably of all, Byland was built on marshland, with the founding monks working for years creating ditches to drain the land before building work even began. A real act of faith.

Dave Lee

High res j-pegs here: http://bit.ly/GBwsk0

 

Advertisements

Categories: Writing, Yorkshire Post

Subscribe

Keep track on my work via social networks

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: