Jervaulx Abbey

Religious Place Ripon North Yorkshire

Jervaulx Abbey

Religious Place In Ripon, North Yorkshire

A beautiful ruined abbey on the estate of Jervaulx Hall was the original home of Wensleydale cheese.

If you're on an Abbey hunt around Yorkshire then no doubt you will have visited one of my absolute favourites Fountains Abbey and also the majestic Rievaulx Abbey. But there is an another little gem you should add to your list and that is Jervaulx Abbey.

Jervaulx Abbey is actually privately owned so you can't use your National Trust or English Heritage cards here, but all they ask is for a small donation which you can leave in an honesty box.

The abbey was originally founded in 1145 at a place called Fors near Aysgarth, but after a decade the monks decided to move to the current location which was much better for farming. It was originally under the jurisdiction of the Abbey of Belland, known now as Byland Abbey and monks were sent initially from here.

Of course, the abbey was claimed by the crown during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII.

The abbey became part of the Jervaulx Hall estate and was turned into a romantic garden for the Hall, then more recently the abbey was purchased by Major Burdon in 1971. The abbey is still owned and run by the Burdon family and if you fancy a bit of glamping you can even stay in a luxury shepherd's hut!

Final titbit for you. Did you know the abbey was the original home of Wensleydale cheese!

A lovely little place of calm and reflection to visit. Thanks to Neil Hall for all these photographs.

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54.266885, -1.737412
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There is a small car park just across the road from the abbey.

Simon Hawkins

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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