We have moved down the hill a few miles and are now in the Vale of York. I have driven through this patch of country a few times and there are some wondrous things to behold. We are stopping on a farm a mile south of Byland Abbey. A mile in the opposite direction is the village of Coxwold. Plenty to wander round snapping at, would be if the blasted showers would cease.
I got settled in and briefly managed to get an internet connection, it’s gone again but will come back I hope, if it doesn’t then this post and any others will have to wait till Monday. We then had a wander up the road to see the Abbey.
The West entrance with what is left of it’s massive Rose Window. It’s said by some that the design of this was the inspiration for the superb window in York Minster. Could be, difficult to tell from what’s left here. It was obviously round so that’s a positive step.
A view from a different angle. This edifice belongs to English Heritage and there is a lady waiting to relieve me of money should I venture any closer. Even though the weather isn’t conducive to good pictures, I weighed up the pros and cons and decided to pay and enter. The deciding factor was that the Abbey pub in front of which I’m standing was closed.
In we went the dogs and I. They don’t charge for dogs. Do their heathen little souls good a wander round an Abbey.
The view west with the Rose Window. This was a massive Abbey even by local standards. This area is full of Abbeys and big ones. I should have purchased the guide book but assumed I would be able to read all about it on the internet.
There are extensive buildings adjacent to the main Abbey. I’ll go back when I can Identify them. This looks like the priors bowling green. Could be! Suspect they needed exercise in between the arduous business of praying and collecting tithes.
Enjoy the weather.