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Field Trip to Rievaulx Abbey - 9 October 2011

posted 3 Sep 2011, 08:21 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 30 Oct 2011, 03:16 ]
The autumn field trip for CBA Yorkshire will be to the world-famous site of Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire. Founded by Cistercian monks in 1132 the abbey grew to become one of the largest in the north of England during the Middle Ages and is now one of the most picturesque locations in the country.

The day will begin at 11.15am with a guided tour of the abbey ruins which are in the care of English Heritage. This will be an opportunity to learn about the architectural development of the site and how the various building were used. After some free time to continue exploring, lunch will be available in the café at Rievaulx (for an extra charge) or bring your own picnic.
 Image (c) English Heritage      

The afternoon will be taken up with a two hour walking tour along the valley guided by a landscape archaeologist from English Heritage. The tour will point out the various clues to the development of the landscape during and after the monastic period including evidence for the extensive iron industry that grew up in and around the ruins after the abbey was dissolved in the 1530s. The story of the valley will be brought up to date by looking for evidence of military training that took place during the Second World War.

The day will end at 4.15pm. 

As most of the tour will involve the use of public footpaths, stout footwear and waterproof clothing are essential. Further details of the day will be sent with
confirmation of booking. Note that those booking as English Heritage members must bring their membership pass to gain entry to the abbey.

Please return the reply slip from the attached booking form and payment by 23 September 2011 to

Trevor Pearson, 37 Tanner Row, York, YO1 6WP

Paul Brayford,
3 Sep 2011, 08:31