Jervaulx Abbey was founded in 1156 as a daughter house of Byland Abbey, and was one of the four great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire, with Byland, Rievaulx and Fountains.
Edward II stayed at Jervaulx (which I pronounce as 'Jair-voh', though I'm not sure if that's correct) on 16 and 17 October 1323.
In 1536, the last abbot of Jervaulx, Adam Sedbergh, joined the Pilgrimage of Grace, a massive uprising in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire triggered by the start of the Dissolution. (I think that's the best name for a rebellion I've ever heard.) Sedbergh was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on 2 June 1537, and as punishment for his actions, Jervaulx was mostly destroyed. Today, it's an atmospheric, romantically overgrown ruin, privately owned but open to the public. (How come some people are lucky enough to own a twelfth-century abbey? Why can't I have one?)
(Below) The nave of the abbey church, taken from behind the high altar.
(Right) The effigy of Henry Fitzhugh, a great benefactor of the abbey, which stands in front of the high altar. He died in 1307, the year Edward II became king.
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