Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, North Yorkshire
The Abbey is Britain's largest monastic ruin, and was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks who later became Cistercian monks. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 by Henry VIII, the Abbey buildings and over 500 acres of land were sold by the Crown to Sir Richard Gresham, a merchant. The property was passed down through several generations of Sir Richard's family, finally being sold to Stephen Proctor who built Fountains Hall probably between 1598 and 1604.
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