Easby Abbey
Richmond, North Dales

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Easby Abbey in Richmond has a long and chequered history. The ravages of time have left it now as ruins, but it still has a special atmosphere and aura of its own. Luckily some of the wonderful architecture and fittings were saved and now grace the nearby parish church.

Situated in some stunning settings Easby Abbey is close to the town of Richmond and with the River swale running alongside it, the view alone is worth a visit.

The Abbey belonged in its days to the Premonstratensian orders which were actually founded in France but the Abbey itself was founded by Roald the Constable of Richmond Castle in 1152 and the Abbey continued its existence until 1536 when it was dissolved and within two years sadly the roof had been stripped of its lead and was starting on the road to decline but it then presented itself as an attraction for artists and photographers alike. Professional photographers are welcome today although please check as certain sites may be out of bounds.

The Parish church close by is still in use today and many 13th century wall paintings are on display.

Parking for the Abbey is off the main road and you will approach the Abbey from an unsurfaced private road, bring the dog as he is welcome or she because from the Abbey you can take a wonderful walk to Richmond Castle, the views from both these British landmarks are stunning. The Abbey is open all year round apart from the Christmas and New Year holiday day, opening times may vary slightly throughout the year, so always wise to check but remember admission is free, so no excuse for not paying a visit.

A guide book about Easby Abbey is available for you to buy and is full of beautiful photographs as well as a wealth of information into its...

 

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