Fountains Abbey


Sunny day
Fountains Abbey
Monastic ruins
Towers reaching skywards
History- palpable lives past
Goose bumps felt in the autumn sun
Ghosts of monks walking the grand cloisters
An engineering feat of a time passed
Henry V111 - aggressor bringing the end
Hundreds of years of history in ruins
Cocooned in nature’s safe hands
Manicured, in autumn’s best
The follies- Fame and Piety
At the waters edge
Fountains Abbey
What a day

  • Author: sue.evans (Offline Offline)
  • Published: October 4th, 2017 05:04
  • Comment from author about the poem: You sometimes forget the beautiful places right on your doorstep!! Spent a lovely day yesterday - lovely sunny autumn day - at Fountains Abbey - inspired an Etheree!! Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is located approximately 3 miles (5 kilometres) south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, near to the village of Aldfield. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for 407 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
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  • orchidee

    A fine write Sue. We've an Abbey ruins near our town centre too. Not as much of it left as this one. Ours dates from 1121. It's thought Henry I is buried there (Reading, Berkshire).

    • sue.evans

      Thank you - oh I’ll maybe have to visit that one too! Love history! 😊

      • orchidee

        Erm, I'm not sure if it's open to the public generally now, on account that bits are falling off it! Oo-er! Have to check online or something.

      • FredPeyer

        A great poem, Sue, and an important part of history.

        • sue.evans

          Thank you 😊 I’m always amazed at the scale of these places and the engineering that took place without the technology we have today!

        • Louis Gibbs

          A worthy poem ... exquisitely presented, Sue! The attention to form is most impressive. Well done!

          • sue.evans

            Thank you 😊

          • Goldfinch60

            Good write Sue. We have been to Fountains Abbey some years ago and it is truly wonderful.
            We too have the remains of an Abbey in Evesham, apparently it was so important that one of the villages it used include in its area was some little town called Birmingham.

          • sue.evans

            Thank you. Ha - a little town!!! Town of my birth place was Birmingham! Evesham is a beautiful place to visit.

          • Neville

            A well crafted atmospheric and otherwise visually appealing dedication to one of England's very finest...... thank you Sue, Neville

          • sue.evans

            Thank you 😊

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