The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. Gertrude Jekyll

Annie's Little Plot

Annie's Little Plot

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Fountains Abbey

Last week on our week off we went for the day to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon. It is a World heritage site, it is the largest Abbey ruin in the country with some Georgian water gardens.
The abbey was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks who were searching for a simpler life. It remained as an abbey for many years until 1539 when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries. It was sold by the Crown to Sir Richard Gresham, a merchant. The property was passed down through several generations of Sir Richard's family.

 The woods were full of wood anemones.
Sir John Aislabie started creating the gardens at Studley Royal in 1718, after his death his son William carried on creating the gardens and extended them by purchasing the remains of the Abbey and Fountains Hall. The gardens are thought of as England's most important 18th century Water Garden.

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