Byland Abbey is one of the three great Cistercian monasteries of North Yorkshire, with Fountains and Rievaulx. Although the community had a rocky start, its abbey church was once the largest in England.

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Byland Abbey

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Byland with Wass, England
YO61 4BD
National Grid Reference
SE 54951 78959
01347 868614

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Listed Building Description of Byland Abbey

BYLAND WITH WASS MAIN STREET SE 57 NW (east side) Byland 4/20 and 5/20 Byland Abbey (previously listed as By land Abbey and Abbey 4.1.55 gateway to the North West) GV I

Abbey church and monastic buildings. Now ruinous. Late C12, early C13 and C15. Limestone ashlar and rubble. Substantial remains of church including west front standing almost to full height. Ruins of monastic buildings standing to height of approximately 5 metres in places. For descriptions see DoE guidebook. Scheduled Ancient Monument... view full text »

Source: The National Heritage List for England
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Resources for Byland Abbey

  1. The National Heritage List for England English Heritage.
  2. Official Website of Byland Abbey English Heritage. Official source.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2015
First Published
October 8, 2013
Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Byland Abbey - Byland with Wass, England