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REMAINS OF THE EARLIEST CISTERCIAN HOUSE IN YORKSHIRE: RIEVAULX IN ITS LOVELY VALE

REMAINS OF THE EARLIEST CISTERCIAN HOUSE IN YORKSHIRE: RIEVAULX IN ITS LOVELY VALE

The Office of Works has taken this abbey in hand and, as can be seen, has cleared away the tendrils of ivy and creeper which, while they beautified the ruins, slowly helped in the process of destruction. The scene from the hill-side above the abbey, with the trees and fields of the Rye valley, is so lovely that we can dispense with greenery on the stones of the ruin. The largest fragment is that of the church, of which, nevertheless, only the choir and transepts remain. Below are what is left of the refectory or frater, the chapter-house and some outbuildings. Walter l'Espec was responsible for the foundation in 1131, and the great scholar Aelred was abbot of Rievaulx (pronounced Rivers) in 1146.

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