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FAIR FOUNTAINS ABBEY RESTS IN WOODLAND PEACE IN THE VALE OF SKELD

FAIR FOUNTAINS ABBEY RESTS IN WOODLAND PEACE IN THE VALE OF SKELD

Three miles to the south-west of Ripon, Yorks, stands Fountains Abbey, in glorious surroundings which frame the grey stones in green. Much of the church, with the choir, tower and transepts, remain in a condition sufficiently complete for the visitor to be able to reconstruct for himself the vision of what all this used to be. Fountains owed its origin to the prior and twelve monks of St. Mary's Abbey at York, who in 1132 left their settled life to found a new house here, in the valley of the river Skeld. The general plan gives an excellent idea of the typical arrangement of a, Cistercian house. Most of the abbey buildings lie on the north side of the stream, in a glade which opens out of a wooded valley.

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