Church abbey Yorkshire monks religion world heritage sites
Set in the naturally beautiful Skell valley, flanked by two vast expanses of lawned grass with awe inspiring cliff faces to either side and the river Skell running through the valley and under The Abbey - which in itself is a masterpiece of twelfth century building ingenuity - this truly is a beautiful place to visit. A dispute and riot at St Mary's Abbey in York led to the founding of Fountains Abbey in 1132. After pleading unsuccessfully to return to the early 6th century Rule of St Benedict, 13 monks were exiled and taken into the protection of Thurstan, Archbishop of York. He provided them with a site in the valley of the little River Skell in which they could found a new, more devout monastery. Although described as a place "more fit for wild beasts than men to inhabit" it had all the essential materials for the creation of a monastery: shelter from the weather, stone and timber for building, and plenty of water.
steam railway preservation; locomotive; coaling station
The ash pits and coaling station at Grosmont is one of the few remianing on the preserved rialway network visitors can get a closeup view of the runing mainanance and servicing opperatons needed to keepma steam engine runing on a dialy basis
Heritage; Railways; Steam; Bluebell Line Sussex England's engine
The Bluebell Railway, steaming through the heart of the Sussex Weald. The railway is operated by volunteers of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society, supported by a small number of paid staff This magnificent clerestory saloon was constructed in 1897, and refitted in 1933 by the LNER. It remained in the use of the GNR/LNER directors, then British Railways Eastern Region General Manager until 1969, when it was sold complete from Hornsey Carriage Sheds for the princely sum of £500.