Fountains Abbey at Dusk

Made:
1987
maker:
Ian Beesley

Ian Beesley/Science Museum Group
© Ian Beesley

Gelatine silver print entitled 'Fountains Abbey at Dusk' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.

Under the monastic rule after 1130 much poor land in West Yorkshire was brought back into cultivation, forests cleared, marshes drained and roads built. The Cistercian abbey at Fountains, 2.5 miles west of Ripon, is thought to be the finest of Yorkshire's monastic houses. It was founded in 1132 by thirteen monks from St Mary's Abbey in York. Like most orders, the Cistercians soon came to have an interest in trade despite their supposed ascetic way of life.

[Table 5: Through the Mill - The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs, by Ian Beesley and Introduction by Gary Firth]

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1991-5061/8
type:
silver gelatin print
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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