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Rievaulx Abbey. Yorkshire. England

The first religious buildings on the site, temporary timber structures for the monks sent from France, date from 1131. Stone buildings were begun in 1135. The abbey continued to be extended into a magnificent abbey and associated buildings for the community of monks until the Suppression of the Monastries by Henry VIII in 1538-9. The abbey was sold to the 1st Earl of Rutland &, like Glastonbury Abbey & many more, dismantled to provide masonry for buildings erected for the new owner.