Abbey Ruins and Memories by fishers

Abbey Ruins and Memories

We haven’t been on the York history trail for a while so here are the lovely medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, in the Museum Gardens, close to the city centre.

The abbey was Benedictine, and the monks moved here from Lastingham, and before that from Whitby. Building of the first abbey began in 1088, and for about 450 years it was a thriving and wealthy community, with rebuilding and expansion, until Henry VIII and the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Part of the site is now occupied by the Yorkshire Museum, but enough of the abbey remains to give an impression of the size and splendour of it before the dissolution.

The Abbey ruins were a favourite place of mine to sit and read when I was a student. I even went at this time of year well wrapped up and with a flask (no coffee shops then) and a course book.

Katharine
Your photo conveys the serenity of this beautiful place. I love the contrast of the stone against the blue of the sky.
November 28th, 2013  
Great photo and story, Katharine!
November 28th, 2013  
Love the story and it is matched by a super capture.
November 28th, 2013  
Love the sky as well.
November 28th, 2013  
Wow that is very cool. The clouds are fabulous. What a cool place
November 28th, 2013  
Great shot, I took some shots of this myself when we were in York earlier this year.
November 28th, 2013  
Great shot of that beautiful ruins and very interesting history information . Fav
November 28th, 2013  
Great story Katherine. Love the trees in the background.
November 28th, 2013  
Great write up and a lovely shot. Steeped in history.
November 28th, 2013  
A lovely shot of these beautiful ruins - against a wonderful sky.
November 28th, 2013  
I remember going there as a kid
November 28th, 2013  
Looks like a restful place and your capture and story has almost placed me there. Fav
November 28th, 2013  
I find it so interesting to see old ruins like that still standing
November 29th, 2013  
Incredible piece of history. Neat shot
November 29th, 2013  
Looks great !
November 29th, 2013  
@hshdebbie Thank you. It is serene at this time of year, less so in the summer months. Katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@dougk Thank you. I'm fortunate that York has lots of lovely areas/buildings with a history. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@thresheg Thank you. I often walk through the gardens and often pause in the Abbey ruins. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@padlock Thank you. The sky does seem to enhance the scene. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@witchyjacq Thanks. It was a lovely day to be in the ruins. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@gamelee It's a great place for photos and picnics. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@pyrrhula Thank you for the fav. It is much appreciated as are your comments. Katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@lizbrouwer Thank you. I think the bare trees add to the calm feel of the place. Katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@lyndag Thank you. This area is full of history I find interesting. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@dolphin Thank you. It always helps to have a lovely day to take photos. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@csudder I hope they were happy memories. My girls remember climbing some of the smaller ruins and jumping off them. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@tonydebont Thank you for your lovely comments and your fav. Both are much appreciated. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@bkbinthecity It is nice to have the ruins preserved along with their history. Katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@helixconcepts Thank you. Glad you liked the info as well as the picture. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
@butterfingers1960 Thank you. It's nice to take a photo of it on a bright and sunny day. katharine
November 30th, 2013  
I can't but help thinking of the lives those monks led when I see this photo. It makes history come alive!
November 30th, 2013  
It looks so ornate, so sad to see how it has been left to crumble away!
December 2nd, 2013  
@snaphappi The museum next to it has Gregorian chanting that can be heard on a good day in some of the ruins. It also has some good information about the Abbey and the lives of Monks. Katharine
December 2nd, 2013  
@monkeykid It has been a ruin since the time of Henry 8th who is famous for having 7 wives and getting rid of the monasteries! Katharine
December 2nd, 2013  
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