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Cellarium in Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, UK.

I didn't think I was going to be able to get this shot as the Abbey was originally full of school kids dressed up as Cistercian monks so I was over the moon when the place suddenly emptied.

As you can guess from its name, the Cellarium was used to store food, wine and ale for the monks of Fountains Abbey.

For anybody who doesn't know Fountains Abbey, it was founded by Cistercian monksFor anybodycame along in 1132 and prospered for around 400 years until Henry VIII came along. Henry was married to Catherine of Aragon but wanted to divorce her in order to marry Anne Boleyn. The Catholic Church refused his demand so he established the Church of England and promptly ordered the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Fountains Abbey is the largest andmanaged by best-preserved example of a monastery in England. It is now managed by the National Trust as part of Studley Royal Park, which boasts stunning grounds, follies and statues. It certainly makes for a great day out.



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