Fountains Abbey

ountains Abbey is located in Yorkshire and was a Cistercian abbey. it was founded in 1132 when a group of Benedictine monks from St Mary's at York arrived at Ripon to celebrate Christmas. They then moved on to become Cistercians and founded Fountains Abbey in 1134. The abbey maintained a large number of sheep paving the way for the area's important cloth industry. The wealth of the abbey can still be seen in its extensive remains. The nave and transepts were first to be built and date from 1135 and taking at least 10 years to complete.
YearMonthEvent
1134   Fountains Abbey Founded
 Fountains abbey was founded. 
1139   Kirkstead Abbey founded
 A daughter house of Fountains Abbey. The initial location of the abbey proved unsuitable and the a new site was chosen near Horncastle in Lincolnshire.[1] 
1145   Woburn Abbey founded
 A colony of monks from Fountains Abbey move to set up a new Cistercian abbey at Woburn. 
1147   Kirkstall Abbey founded
 A daughter house of Fountains Abbey, the abbey at Kirkstall was first located at Barnoldswick , but was moved a few years later to its current location near Leeds in West Yorkshire.[1] 
1150   Fountains Abbey cloisters rebuilt
 Work began on rebuilding the cloisters at Fountains Abbey.[2] 
1210 - 1240 Fountains Abbey rebuilding work
 Rebuilding work of the eastern parts at Fountains Abbey. 

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