Fountains Abbey was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks from St. Mary's Abbey in York who were seeking a simpler life. They immediately placed themselves under St. Bernard, who sent Geoffrey of Clairvaux to teach them the Cistercian Rule. They later became Cistercian monks.
After two years of privation and poverty, they decided to leave England and seek a home among their brethren abroad, but this became unnecessary when Hugh, Dean of York, joined them, bringing with him money and property. Building of the abbey, the ruins of which still stand, was finished before the year 1250.
In 1146, a colony of monks was sent to Bergen in Norway, and the monasteries of Sawley, Roche, Woburn, Meaux, Kirkstall, and Vandy were founded from Fountains.
National Trust Fountains Abbey WebsiteJourney to Fountains Fountains Abbey is located off the A170 near the town of Ripon, North Yorkshire, England.
Streetmap UK (NGR SE2732768521)Visitors Information Visitors information may be found at the Fountains Abbey National Trust website. General tourist information is at the Welcome to Yorkshire website. Additional Photos of Fountains
Welcome Sign at Fountains Abbey
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