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Byland Abbey

Cistercian Abbey (originally Savigniac) in Yorkshire - 1177

 

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Byland Abbey - looking West from the crossing.

 

Not that much is left standing at Byland Abbey.  Founded in 1177 by a group of Cistercian monks originally from Furness Abbey, after a long wander and several unsuccessful foundation attempts.  Their penultimate attempt at locating was at a site within earshot of Riveaulx.  There followed an extraordinary intra-monk dispute - the newcomers apparently followed a different timetable to the monks at Rievaulx, and the latter complained about the newcomers' bells interfering with their silence quality and confusing their daily timetables.  Rather than change their daily timetable, the wanderers moved yet again - this time to what proved to be their final home, built on a less evocative (flat) site than the other two great Yorkshire Cistercian abbeys, but when it got its (gothic) act together it was  just as grand.

 

 

Byland Abbey - Chapter House (middle) and Cloister looking West from the crossing.

 

 

 

 

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1200s Mosaic floor from Byland Abbey, now at the British Museum

 

 

 

This aerial photo of Byland Abbey, which can be found in the book on the right, gives a good idea of the Abbey's layout.

 

 

 

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