Saturday, 16 April 2011
When I pulled back the curtains last Saturday morning, I decided that to spend the day doing chores as I'd planned was criminally insane. It was clearly going to be a splendid day - and it was... more like summer than spring. So I grabbed my camera and set off for Fountains Abbey, which is a very famous beauty spot north of Harrogate, about an hour's drive from here. It also happens to be another World Heritage Site like Saltaire. And since we are celebrating World Heritage Day on Monday 18th, it seems a good time to show you some of its beauty.
In actual fact the site is 'Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal' - a huge medieval monastery (reduced to ruins by Henry VIII's brutal dissolution of the abbeys in the 16th century) set within the beautiful valley of the River Skell, which was transformed in the 18th century into a stunning water garden and deer park by the Aislabie family who lived at Studley Royal, adjacent to the Abbey.
You could easily write a book about its history and the estate as it is today (and people have done!) so I won't try and cover everything here. Please have a look at the website for more information and pictures - and enjoy my photos of this lovely spot.
This is my entry for 'Weekend Reflections' hosted by James at Newtown Area Photo - the gathering place for beautiful and creative interpretations of that theme from bloggers far and wide. Do have a look at this week's other entries - click here.