Random Church visits

by Shaun Taylor February. 28, 2020 146 views

All Saints Batley is a large parish church parts of which date back to the 15th century

Selby Abbey is unique in the North of England, as the first monastery to be founded in the North after the Norman Conquest and one of the few in England to have survived as a parish church. The Abbey was granted its founding charter by William the Conqueror. It is reputed to be the birthplace in September 1068 of King Henry I of England, the son of King William I and Queen Mathilda.

St Annes Cathedral, Leeds was completed in 1904 and is the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Leeds

West Lane Baptist Church Haworth was completed in 1752

"Water of Life" statue in the Cloister of Chester Cathedral, is a pleasant and interesting work of art that has been added to the gardens

Artist at work Bolton Abbey. On a sunny day the old ruins attract a range of people

The monastery was originally founded at Embsay in 1120. Led by a prior, Bolton Abbey was technically a priory, despite its name. It was founded in 1154 by the Augustinian order, on the banks of the River Wharfe. The land at Bolton, as well as other resources, were given to the order by Lady Alice de Romille of Skipton Castle in 1154.[1] In the early 14th century Scottish raiders caused the temporary abandonment of the site and serious structural damage to the priory.[2] The seal of the priory featured the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child and the phrase sigillum sancte Marie de Bolton.[3]

The nave of the abbey church was in use as a parish church from about 1170 onwards, and survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Building work was still going on at the abbey when the Dissolution of the Monasteries resulted in the termination of the priory in 1539. The east end remains in ruins. A tower, begun in 1520, was left half-standing, and its base was later given a bell-turret and converted into an entrance porch. Most of the remaining church is in the Gothic style of architecture, but more work was done in the Victorian era, including windows by August Pugin.

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