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Kirkstall Abbey [Jul. 20th, 2010|05:45 pm]
Tony Grist

Kirkstall Abbey is a Cistercian house on the outskirts of Leeds- and one of the best preserved monastic ruins in the country. Last time we were here- about ten years ago- it was looking a bit scruffy, but they've since spent £5.5 million doing it up. It's owned by Leeds Council- and admission is free.



The Abbey Church from the north



Church interior, looking East.



North transcept



North East corner of clositer



North range of cloister, with entrance to chapter house
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2010-07-20 04:54 pm (UTC)
A remarkable survival, well photographed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-20 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2010-07-20 05:42 pm (UTC)
Nice. I am particularly taken with the east-facing interior. Lovely.

I am also amused by the notion of 'doing up' a ruin, even if I Do So Know What You Mean.

Just recently watched Terry Jones' Medieval Lives on The Monk, so already had monastic ruins on the brain anyway.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-20 07:46 pm (UTC)
I missed that series. I loved the one he did on the Crusades.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-07-20 06:01 pm (UTC)
There's quite a lot left of it and it all looks so very solid and sturdy. You caught a really lovely perspective in the second photo.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-20 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

It must be one of the most complete monastic ruins in the country.

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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-07-20 06:05 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Very nice. It's quite a chunky beast, isn't it? Though I suppose that's not surprising because it is so unashamedly Romanesque (we never made it to Perpendicular in Scotland...).

Thanks for that - it's not one I've heard of before and you certainly gave us a feast of views!!

It's in not bad nick considering, either...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-20 07:40 pm (UTC)
I love the Romanesque. It's altogether my favourite architectural style.

Setting aside the ones that are still in use- as cathedrals etc- I reckon Kirkstall is the second best preserved monastery in England- the first being Fountains.

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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-07-20 07:43 pm (UTC)
We're planning to visit Fountains in a couple of months. I'm rather looking forward to it. Last time I went there I was fifteen and completely clueless about all things historical.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-20 07:45 pm (UTC)
Kirkstall was a daughter house of Fountains. They're
not all that far apart.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-07-20 06:36 pm (UTC)
In my student days I used to walk there from my disgusting terraced house in Burley.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-20 07:43 pm (UTC)
I was at the University of Kent- so the medieval masterpiece on my doorstep was Canterbury cathedral.
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[User Picture]From: setsuled
2010-07-20 06:36 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photos. I wish people still made buildings like that.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-20 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I love medieval architecture.
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[User Picture]From: glitzfrau
2010-07-20 08:06 pm (UTC)
I love flying into Leeds Bradford airport from Dublin, coming past the university and then descending down along Kirkstall Road, seing the abbey ruins laid out only a few metres below. Wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-21 09:31 am (UTC)
Wow!
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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2010-07-20 09:34 pm (UTC)
So beautiful...

I would presume that the "ruins" aspect was the work of Henry VIII the Destroyer and his chums?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-21 09:30 am (UTC)
Yes the ruination was the work of Henry and his gang.

For several centuries after the reformation a public road ran right through the church. The Victorians (bless 'em) put a stop to that.
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[User Picture]From: wolfshift
2010-07-20 11:54 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photographs of a gorgeous building!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-21 09:30 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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