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RED SANDSTONE RUINS OF A GREAT CISTERCIAN HOUSE, FURNESS ABBEY

RED SANDSTONE RUINS OF A GREAT CISTERCIAN HOUSE, FURNESS ABBEY

In the year 1127 a small community of Norman monks belonging to the Benedictine order of Savigny migrated from Tulketh, near Preston, and, under the patronage of Stephen of Boulogne, afterwards one of England's worst kings, settled on the peninsula of Furness. The ruins lie close to Dalton station. In 1148 the community adopted the Cistercian rule and the abbot was granted feudal rights over the "liberty" of Furness by royal charter, a power which was afterwards confirmed by several sovereigns. The abbey increased in prosperity until it became the largest Cistercian house in England and one of the wealthiest of any order. It was surrendered to Henry VIII, April 7, 1537.

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