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photoblog image Fountains Abbey 9/9

Fountains Abbey 9/9

To close this look at Fountains Abbey a picture of Fountains Hall just off to one side of the site. The hall has seen many uses over the years – stately home, courthouse, an estate employees’ lodging and a farmer’s house. Sir Stephen Proctor built this elegant mansion as his country home in the early 17th century. He reused sandstone blocks and a stone staircase from the abbey, but had fresh limestone cut for the windows and main façade. 

Fountains Abbey 9/9

To close this look at Fountains Abbey a picture of Fountains Hall just off to one side of the site. The hall has seen many uses over the years – stately home, courthouse, an estate employees’ lodging and a farmer’s house. Sir Stephen Proctor built this elegant mansion as his country home in the early 17th century. He reused sandstone blocks and a stone staircase from the abbey, but had fresh limestone cut for the windows and main façade. 

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Aug 2014, 00:26
The sunshine brings up the colours of the second-hand stone rather nicely, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Once again the luckiness of being there on a sunny day.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Aug 2014, 06:21
Fine that you have showed this impressive building, too!
Brian Walbey: We didn't know about this before our visit, a nice house we thought.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Aug 2014, 08:39
A glorious edifice isn't it Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes a grand looking house Chris and nice inside as well.
Those were the days for homes like this
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chantal, with a host of servants to look after one.
That's an impressive building, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is well looked after and quite nice inside.
Quite a handsome building Brian!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is well looked after and quite nice inside.
Seems a lot of house for a family. Lots of windows to clean.
Brian Walbey: The important people had big houses in those days Mary, with a team of servants to do all the work of course.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Aug 2014, 13:37
It;s a particularly handsome building. I'd be happy to have it as my little bolt hole in the country.
Brian Walbey: I won't argue on both counts there Alan, but I would need servants to do all the work for me.
I've been watching online a British series showing owners restoring some of these great homes to their original glory, Brian. This one looks as if it has been well cared for throughout the years.
Brian Walbey: I suspect it might have been lived in or in use for most of its life and now the National Trust has it there will be plenty of attention paid to it.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 5 Aug 2014, 15:06
His architect and builder made a lovely job of it, but what a shame the stone was robbed from the Abbey
Brian Walbey: Yes a fine looking house Lisl, and think how much the free stone cut down on the building cost.
Have never visited the house Brian. It is certainly handsome
Brian Walbey: It's o.k.inside although there isn't a lot to look at compared with usual NT.houses.
He ended up with rather a special pad by the looks of it
Brian Walbey: Indeed Martin, a very smart looking house.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 5 Aug 2014, 18:28
A fine series on a fine day Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad, yes it was a lovely day in all respects.
It's a handsome building, that's for sure!
Brian Walbey: Certainly is Tom.

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