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Tours > Monastic Yorkshire > Easby Abbey

Easby Abbey - Premonstratensian Canons 1155
One mile southeast of Richmond

Easby AbbeyEasby Abbey sits in a pleasant position down by the River Swale. Due to its relative position to this watercourse, the abbey buildings vary dramatically from the standard monastic layout. The dormitory is on the west (rather than the usual east) side to allow for drainage of its reredorter (toilet). The cloister is skewed because of the steep bank on the same side and the infirmary is to the north, because the parish church was in its normal position to the east of the Abbey church.

Easby suffered from the billeting of English troops in 1346, but managed to survive such setbacks through the extraordinary patronage of the Scropes from Bolton Castle. Arched recesses in the presbytery probably mark their burial places. The refectory is notable for its fine window tracery and the guest hall has a clever system of segregation. There is also an almost complete gatehouse as you arrive on site. Guidebooks are available from Richmond Castle.

The site is run by English Heritage. Free access at any reasonable time.

Next Stop: Easby Church



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