The ruins of St Mary’s Abbey are situated in the Yorkshire Museum gardens. This is all that remains of the Benedictine monastery that was once one of the most wealthy and powerful in England.

The abbey estate occupied the entire site of the Museum Garden and the abbot was one of the most powerful clergymen of his day, on a par with the Archbishop of York.

St Mary's Abbey

12 Comments CherryPie on Dec 2nd 2011

12 Responses to “St Mary’s Abbey”

  1. Denise says:

    I am looking forward to a few hours in York tomorrow.

  2. Delightful. There is something about ruined abbeys

  3. jameshigham says:

    The impermanence of it all. Nothing lasts.

  4. ....peter says:

    Beautiful ruins of St Mary’s Abbey Cherie… i like the framing that you used in this shot….peter:)

  5. J_on_tour says:

    I remember having to look up some information about this monastery when I was looking at posting a blog. It was quite a revelation to discover who was in charge then. Nice perspective here by the way and a relaxing place away from the shops for an hour.

    • CherryPie says:

      It is a nice relaxing place and surprising that there is no sign of the shops that are so close by. I love how it is full of wildlife too.

  6. Chrissy says:

    A wonderful photo and yes, there is something about ruined Abbeys. I think I have too much imgination sometimes :)