Kirkstead Abbey, Woodhall Spa

Kirkstead Abbey, Woodhall Spa - Landscape


This image was taken at around five in the morning and shows all that remains of the abbey. The rising sun has picked out the wonderfull golden sandstone that can be seen in many of the buildings in this area.

The abbey remained in existence until 1537, when it was dissolved; the last abbot, Richard Harrison, and three of his monks were executed by Henry VIII following their implication (probably unjustly) in the Lincolnshire Rising of the previous year.

The land passed to the Duke of Suffolk and later to the Clinton Earls of Lincoln, who built a large country house. By 1791 that too had gone and all that remains today is a dramatic crag of masonry - a fragment of the south transept wall of the abbey church - and the earthworks of the vast complex of buildings that once surrounded it.
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