Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, England

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I would have loved to have seen Fountains Abbey back when.

In the early years of the 16th Century, King Henry VIII of England decided that the various Catholic abbeys held too much wealth and power. (It is estimated that the abbeys held over 60 percent of the land in England.) Since the abbeys paid a “tax” to the Roman Church, but no tax to the king of England, Henry decided to reverse the situation. Since he'd already assumed the title of Head of the Church in England, he used his new power to dissolve the abbeys and take over their holdings.

Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire was one of the richest abbeys in England, with vast holdings of very productive farm and grazing land. After appropriating the lands and income, Henry sent soldiers to pull down the roof of the huge church. The soldiers did the job well, even melting down the stained glass windows and taking the lead back to London to sell.

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The cellarium, or storage area, of Fountains Abbey.

The destruction of the abbey was mostly accomplished, but the cellarium, which was used for storage, survived the destruction that rendered the rest of the site unusable.

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2 thoughts on “Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, England”

    • According to Wikipedia, Fountains Abbey has appeared in many productions. Great minds, I guess…

      “Fountains Abbey was used as a filming location by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark for their single Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc) during the cold winter of December 1981. In 1980, Hollywood also came to the site to film the final scenes to the film Omen III: The Final Conflict. Other productions filmed on location at the abbey are the films The Secret Garden, The History Boys, TV series Flambards, A History of Britain, Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives, Cathedral and the game show Treasure Hunt.”

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