Share your photos of the ruined abbeys of England

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  1. Gargoyle
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    At the time of the Reformation, the Church owned between one-third and one-fifth of all land in England, and the Crown was undergoing financial problems. In the mid 1530's, under Cromwell, the Crown took hold of the abbeys and sold much of the property; many hundreds of Abbeys were burned, along with the books and artwork they contained.

    We visited Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site in Yorkshire, England, on a cold November day; the ground was covered with sparkling, crunchy frost, and the sky was pale and still. This is the largest ruined abbey in the country. The 800 acre site also includes beautiful Georgian water gardens and pleasant walking paths.

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    Fountains Abbey - The undercroft
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    The pigeons of Fountains abbey

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    Great photos! While visiting Leeds in (I think) 1998, we drove over to the Yorkshire Dales - we visited another prominent ruined abbey, Bolton Abbey - I took pictures but I don't remember if I have them in digital form - I'll look when I have a chance.
     
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    I haven't been there, but I found this photo in one of my books: The Ruined Abbeys of Great Britain, written by the great architect Ralph Adams Cram, and published in 1905.

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    More from Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire
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    Misty morning at Fountains Abbey
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    The roof is gone but the arches are stable- amazing work by the stone masons.
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    Malmsbury Abbey. This is another photo from the 1905 architectural guidebook I mentioned above.

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    Pardon me, sir, but these pictures (below) are not showing up. Do I need a special decoder ring, or am I doing something wrong. (most likely the case) Your other pics are showing up ok.

    I can't even list them......they show up as described below

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    There was a server problem with images, but it's been fixed. Thank you for your patience. :)
     
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    We stayed all day, and I caught this in the early evening light.

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