Founded by Cistercian monks in 1132, this is the largest monastic ruin in Britain and part of a World Heritage Site. It has many interesting things to see in a beautiful natural setting.
- Go Historic ID
- Fountains Abbey
- Listed on
- World Heritage SiteGrade I listed buildinglisted building (England)
- monasteryabbeysscenic settingsruins
- ChristianityRoman CatholicismCistercian Order
- National Trust parent category
Construction of Fountains Abbey
- 11 Jun 1986
Fountains Abbey designated a Grade I listed building
Fountains Abbey is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.
- List Entry ID
- FOUNTAINS ABBEY, WITH ANCILLARY BUILDINGS
- FOUNTAINS ABBEY, WITH ANCILLARY BUILDINGS, FOUNTAINS LANE
- Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains
- North Yorkshire
- Grid Reference
- SE 27306 68214
SE 2768 LINDRICK WITH STUDLEY FOUNTAINS LANE ROYAL AND FOUNTAINS (east side, off)
9/38 Fountains Abbey, with ancillary buildings
Abbey Church, with precinct buildings, river walling and 2 bridges. Founded 1132, main building phases 1170-1247 and late C15 - early C16, by monks of the Cistercian Order. Freestone, with a dark fossiliferous limestone known as Nidderdale marble, and magnesian limestone. Abbey Church: west Galilee Chapel, nave with north and south aisles, choir, transepts, north tower, presbytery and Chapel of the Nine Altars to east. Cloister south of nave: has on east side Chapter House, with monks dormitory to first floor; west side - a storehouse and lay brothers refectory, their dormitory above; south side - monks refectory flanked by warming house and kitchen. Buildings to south-east of the cloister include the Abbots house and the monks infirmary with its service buildings. To south-west, the lay brothers' reredorter and infirmary. The 2 infirmaries stand over tunnels carrying the canalised River Skell. The infirmary bridge crosses the river between the lay brothers' infirmary and the East and West Guest-houses. The mill bridge is further upstream linking the outer court with the Abbey Mill (qv). Built in Romanesque and Early English style, Fountains is the best preserved of English abbeys and is the finest picturesque ruin. Among the architectural splendours are: the deeply-recessed elaborately-moulded, round-arched west door to the church and other late C12 doorways; the trefoil-headed recesses, now without attached columns, which line the nave and the chapel of the Nine Altars; Bishop Huby's Tower (1526), 55 metres high, of 5 stages with deeply-moulded plinth, massive angle buttresses, windows with varied heads, embattled parapet and decorated with inscriptions and statues in niches; the 3 elaborately-moulded arches of the Chapter House, which was one of the largest in the country; the central line of piers in the west cloister range from which ribs spring without capitals and which, with 22 double bays,is the largest building of its kind in Europe; the 2 warming house fireplaces with flat joggled arches; the guest houses, each with 2 floors of hall, chamber and privy and with early circular chimney stacks; and finally the late C12 bridge with 3 ribbed arches and triangular cutwaters, another rare survival...
- Greeves, Lydia. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal (National Trust Guidebook). .
- Coppack, Glyn. Fountains Abbey: The Cistercians in Northern England. .
- Official Website of Fountains Abbey. Web. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.fountainsabbey.org.uk>
- “FOUNTAINS ABBEY, WITH ANCILLARY BUILDINGS.” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1149811>
- Fountains Abbey Mill 0.048 mi away
- Revetment Walls, Terraces and Steps on N Side of Fountains Hall 0.093 mi away
- Steps, Gate Piers and Flanking Walls to Fountains Hall 0.099 mi away
- Fountains Hall 0.100 mi away
- The Cottage 0.152 mi away
- Weir on River Skell c. 10 M E of Infirmary at Fountains Abbey 0.209 mi away
- Robin Hood's Well 0.237 mi away
- Gate Piers c. 80 M to N of Park House 0.355 mi away
- Weir on River Skell c. 120 M W of Reservoir 0.359 mi away
- Galand Bridge 0.395 mi away
- Bridge c. 200 M N of Rough House 0.442 mi away
- Rough House, Also Called Ruffehouse, with Flanking Walls 0.446 mi away
- Statue and Pedestal on W Side of Canal, S End 0.464 mi away
- Rustic Bridge at S End of Canal, with Culvert and Arch to Reservoir 0.492 mi away
- The Pheasantry with Wall, Railings and Gate on W Side of Lady Rash Walk 0.496 mi away