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Fountains Abbey 7/9

There are several outbuildings among the ruins at Fountains Abbey, this is the first of two I’m showing today and tomorrow although I’m not exactly sure what it was used for.

Fountains Abbey 7/9

There are several outbuildings among the ruins at Fountains Abbey, this is the first of two I’m showing today and tomorrow although I’m not exactly sure what it was used for.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Aug 2014, 00:09
The mensroom complex...
Brian Walbey: Philine says it was the Abbott's House, certainly looks as though it was quite big.
That is a lovely shot. It brings back memories. I was there in 1999.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Michael, I'm so glad this has stirred a pleasant memory for you.
This is quite a remarkable ruin Brian... the people sitting on the right give scale to its size... it looks like it was a church....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Philine says this was the Abbots house, certainly quite a bid building.
I like this, Brian, a nice shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frank.
I love the arch that seems to just be hanging on...! smile
Brian Walbey: I guess one day that arch will suddenly give way.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Aug 2014, 06:52
It's just about intact enough to work out its original shape
Brian Walbey: Yes it is, according to Philine it was the Abbots house.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Aug 2014, 07:35
The Abbot's House? A fine image - and no crowds of tourists - wonderful!
Brian Walbey: It could well be Philine, the Abbot would have had a quite substantial house wouldn't he. We were lucky to be there on a day when there wasn't that many visitors.
That is the guest house complex Brian. No putting people up in the spare room for this place smile
Brian Walbey: Philine thinks the Abbots house but I guess he would be the one to entertain visitors in his house.
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 3 Aug 2014, 09:22
Probably the ablutions complex! ;o)
Brian Walbey: The Abbots or guest house are the two most likely suggestions Mike.
I really like this with these tones contrast Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, it still looks good even if it is a ruin.
I like the people included in the shot. It gives the huge buildings scale.
Brian Walbey: Yes it must have been quite a large building, perhaps the Abbots house as Philine suggests.
There's a plan here - http://medieval.ucdavis.edu/FOUNTAINS/description.html - that might help.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, it has helped, especially with identifying Mondays image, and Philine has been busy with sending me the history of this particular building once she saw your comment.
It's amazing how one could still get an idea of the size and shape of the building from these ruins.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Hollie, it looks as though it was quite large going by those two young folks to the right hand side.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Aug 2014, 21:08
Bill is right: the remains of the guest house complex:

"Hospitality was an integral part of monastic life and Fountains, like other Cistercian houses, made provision for guests within the precinct. The twelfth-century guest complex at Fountains is one of the most important in the country and sheds considerable light on the facilities for and distinction of guests. It comprised of two guest houses to accommodate distinguished visitors, and a large aisled guest-hall for those of lesser note. The complex lay to the west of the lay-brothersÂ’ range, which would have ensured that visitors caused minimum disruption to the monks in the cloister. Guests would have slept and dined in the guest complex, under the auspices of the monastic official (obedientiary) known as the guestmaster or hosteller. He would have been assisted by at least one servant; in the mid-fifteenth century Thomas Taylor is named as the servant here. Women would not have been entertained in the guest complex, for Cistercian legislation prohibited them from staying within the abbey precinct. Some kind of provision may have been made for them outside the West Gate, where there was a hospice of sorts certainly in the sixteenth century."

Thanks to Tom Wilson's plan!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Philine, this is really interesting.

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