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Fountains Abbey Also known as Fountains Cathedral

 

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  • Fountains Abbey is considered the best example of a medieval monastery still in existence in England. There were 800 in total before the reformation.
  • The abbey gradually sprawled as constant development of the church added greater and greater amounts to its structure. As such it was almost 100 metres long by the end of the 12th century with 11 bays.
  • Originally having two western towers on the front perhaps the same scale as Ripon Cathedral, by the end of the 13th century it had a central lantern tower added. A further northern tower was constructed in about 1520 giving the church four towers in total. The latter one is the one that survives today.
  • Following the Dissolution the church originally lay untouched for several years in the hopes of it becoming a cathedral for a Yorkshire Dales diocese. This was not to be and it was stripped of its lead causing it to fall into ruin. It was however a cathedral from 1537 to 1550.

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Developer
The Cistercian Order

Reference Data

Reference No.
667
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
09-05-2012
 

Building Location

Address
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon. HG4 3DY
Council
North Yorkshire County Council
County
North Yorkshire
Region
Yorkshire and Humber
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Ruined
Construction start date
1132
Completion date
1526
Heritage Status
World Heritage Site
Style
Romanesque

Roof Height (AGL)
49.00

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship
Secondary Use
Museum


Last Sale Value
£18,000.00
Sale Date
1767

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