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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Somewhat outside our area, but a fine photo giving some idea of the size of the Cistercian Abbey at Rievaulx, in Ryedale. Founded in 1131 by Walter L’ Espec. During the rule of Abbot Aelred; Rievaulx housed 140 choir monks and 600 lay brothers. The Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIIIth in 1538.

Postcard courtesy of Tina Dowey.

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