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WATERSIDE RUINS OF ROCHE AMONG THE YORKSHIRE MOORS

WATERSIDE RUINS OF ROCHE AMONG THE YORKSHIRE MOORS

One and a half miles south of Maltby are the scanty remains of Roche, a Cistercian abbey dating from 1147. Nearly all the great Yorkshire abbeys belonged to the rule of the White Monks, who were originally formed as a community intent on following the strict rule of S. Benedict. They laid particular stress on manual labour, and their system of stock breeding and general farming had a great and beneficial effect locally. Yorkshire was especially suited to their pursuits, and that is why so many Cistercian houses are found there.

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