Fountains Abbey

Location: Studley Royal Estate, 3 km (2 mi) Southwest of Ripon, North Yorkshire   Map

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Fountains Abbey



Description of Fountains Abbey

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Fountains Abbey is a former Roman Catholic Benedictine Monastery situated in Studley Royal Estate, 3 km (2 mi) Southwest of Ripon, North Yorkshire in United Kingdom. Fountains Abbey was found in 1132. The abbey was closed in 1539 by the orders of Henry VIII during Dissolution of the Monasteries. After taking a side of Reformation English king proclaimed himself as a head of the Church. Subsequently Henry took over church's possessions and riches.


History of Fountains Abbey

The Abbey of Fountains was founded in 1132 after a dispute at the Abbey of Santa Maria in York. After these disturbances, thirteen monks were exiled and after an unsuccessful attempt to return to the Rule of St. Benedict of the early sixth century, they fell under the protection of Thurstan, archbishop of York. This gave him a place in the valley of the Skell River. This closed valley provided the monks with everything they needed for the creation of the monastery, protecting them from the inclemency of the weather, wood and stone for the building, a source of water. The monks requested adhesion to the Cistercian Order in 1132.

The abbey functioned until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries. The buildings of the abbey and about 2 kmĀ² of land were sold by the Crown, on October 1, 1540, to Sir Richard Gresham, a merchant from London, father of the founder of the London Stock Exchange, Sir Thomas Gresham.


Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey