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Bolton priory, twilight

Bolton priory, twilight

Engraver: Havell, R & D

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Ktop XLV

Item number: 34-d

Genre: Topographical Print

A priory of Augustine canons was established here around 1151 by Alicia de Romilly, becoming a home for the community founded by her mother at Embassy. By the late 18th century, the ruined priory had become the property of the Duke of Devonshire through marriage. The priory church was located on a bend of the River Wharf, in a rocky valley leading up to moorlands. The wild northern landscape together with the gently decaying monastic ruins gave the place a distinctive charm, and many painters and poets composed works in its honour. John Byng, the social diarist and Viscount Torrington, visited in 1792, writing: "The Vale is beautifully wooded, and water'd by the River Wharfe above which I rode till I arrived at Bolton Abbey; when I dismounted to survey the Abbey ruins, which are very magnificent."

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