Fountains Abbey was founded in 1132 by Benedictine monks from St Mary’s in York seeking to live a devout and simple lifestyle, who later became Cistercians. The abbey turned into the largest and wealthiest in England. It operated for over 400 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
In 1986 the parkland in which the abbey is situated and the abbey was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Universal Mail UK London Icons