Byland Abbey 62
Photographer: Ogle, Thomas
Medium: Photographic print
In his book 'The Ruined Abbeys of Yorkshire' William Howitt begins with a criticism of the “Dryasdust” style of historical writing used by topographers by which one gets “the bare bones of the chief facts, and nothing but the bare bones; no flesh, no muscle, no skin, no beautifying colour and life."
On the subject of Byland Abbey he continues: "In a pleasant valley near Coxwold, in the Wolds of Yorkshire, stands the ruined but still beautiful Abbey of Byland...Byland is said to have been founded by Roger de Mowbray, a minor in the wardship of King Stephen, at the suggestion of his mother, Gundreda de Mowbray. The history of the founding was preserved by Philip, the third abbot. The occasion for the erection of Byland Abbey was to establish twelve monks and Gerold their abbot, who had been obliged to flee from Furness Abbey, in Lancashire, by the incursions of the Scots...The abbey, of which we now have the remains, was completed and entered upon A.D. 1177, 23 Hen. II. It stood near to Burtoft and Bersclive, between Whitaker and Cambe Hill, a pleasant and retired situation. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and continued to flourish till the dissolution.”
Text by William Howitt from his book 'The Ruined Abbeys of Yorkshire'
This is one of two photographs by Thomas Ogle published in this re-issue of part of 'The Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain' (1862).