Photographer: Fenton, Roger (1819-1869)
Medium: Photographic print
“In that remarkable promontory in the north-west of Lancashire, which runs out into the sea opposite to Walney Isle, and between the river Duddon and the waters of Morecambe Bay, stand the ruins of the once princely abbey of Furness…Furness was founded in 1127, by monks from the monastery of Savigni, who were invited by Stephen, Earl of Bologne, afterwards King Stephen, to whom the lordship had been granted. These monks were of the Cistercian order, as was so generally the case with those who founded the abbeys of the twelfth century...The twelfth century was the period of the ascendancy of the Cistercian order. Of the seventeen chief abbeys and priories of Yorkshire, thirteen were founded in that century, and of these, six were Cistercian. Those founded earlier were generally Benedictine, and the later Carthusian or Franciscan.”
Excerpt from “Furness Abbey”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain’ by William and Mary Howitt.