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  BBC - Leeds Features - Abbey House Museum
The core of Abbey House was originally the inner gatehouse of Kirkstall Abbey, founded in 1152.
Abbey Fold in 1954, Harewood Square in 1955 and Stephen Harding Gate in 1958.
The Abbey House closed in Spring in 1998 and all 70,000 artifacts were removed into storage.
www.bbc.co.uk /leeds/citylife/abbey_house/into_abbey.shtml   (296 words)

  
  Kirkstall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kirkstall is suburb of Leeds, West Yorkshire, and is located next to the River Aire, nestled between the river and the suburbs of Headingley to the North, Horsforth to the West and Burley to the East.
The Kirkstall Festival is a popular annual event, held in the Abbey grounds on the second Saturday in July.
Kirkstall was historically an important centre of industry, with the large Kirkstall Forge (which lays claim to being the longest continually used industrial site in Britain), founded in the 13th Century by the Cistercian Monks of the Abbey, and a number of printers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kirkstall   (370 words)

  
 English Abbeys - Kirkstall Abbey
Even though some of the outbuildings were demolished at that time, the abbey church and claustral range, as well as the abbot's lodging house and the gatehouse, were utilised when the abbey was converted to a farm.
Later still, during the 18th century, Kirkstall Abbey became one of the celebrated 'romantic ruins' of England and the natural vegetation was allowed to consume the ancient stonework.
Kirkstall Abbey is a truly fascinating insight into monastic life and the amount of detail surviving is incredible.
www.theheritagetrail.co.uk /abbeys/kirkstall_abbey.htm   (449 words)

  
 Kirkstall
Kirkstall is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, north of Leeds and on the River Aire.
In the 12th century Cistercian monks founded Kirkstall Abbey, a daughter house of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.
The Abbey House Museum[?] tells the story of the community and the town.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ki/Kirkstall.html   (50 words)

  
 Kirkstall Abbey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery in the outskirts of Leeds in Yorkshire, set in grounds on the north bank of the River Aire.
The English Cistercian houses, of which there are such extensive and beautiful remains at Fountains, Rievaulx, Kirkstall, Tintern, Netley, etc., were mainly arranged after the same plan, with slight local variations.
The fish-ponds lay between the monastery and the river to the south.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kirkstall_Abbey   (518 words)

  
 Kirkstall
The landscape surrounding the abbey has undergone considerable change since the time of monastic occupation, when Kirkstall was a secluded spot in a rural setting, bordered by water and woodland.
The River Aire bounded the abbey to the south and was an important means of transport.
Stone building blocks that were quarried nearby could be transported to the abbey along the river; excavations in the 1950s recovered the wooden jetty where the stone was landed.
cistercians.shef.ac.uk /kirkstall   (354 words)

  
 Kirkstall Abbey - A Virtual Tour
Kirkstall Abbey is an outgrowth of Fountains Abbey.
The abbey was given to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cramer; after Cramer's execution in 1556, ownership of the abbey passed back to the crown.
On September 14, 1895, in a ceremony recalling the origins of the founders of Kirkstall from Fountains Abbey near Ripon, the Lord Bishop of Ripon and the Lord Mayor of Leeds opened the grounds to the public.
www.faculty.de.gcsu.edu /~dvess/ids/medieval/kirkstall/kirkstall.shtml   (670 words)

  
 Kirkstall Abbey
The abbey was built by Henry de Lacy in fulfilment of a vow made during a dangerous illness.
The gatehouse to the north-west of the abbey is in good preservation, and is attached to a private residence.
They came close by her pillar, when the hat of the one at the head of the body - it was, she saw, that of a man who had been murdered - blew off and was wafted by the high moaning wind to her feet.
www.mspong.org /picturesque/kirkstall_abbey.html   (1158 words)

  
 Kirkstall Abbey on AboutBritain.com
Kirkstall Abbey was founded as a result of a solemn vow made by Henry de Lacy, Baron of Pontefract Castle.
On the 19th May 1152 the monks moved to Kirkstall, a large part of the Abbey was built between 1152 and 1182.
In November 1539 Kirkstall Abbey was closed, the monks were pensioned off, and the monastic estates sold into private ownership.
www.aboutbritain.com /KirkstallAbbey.htm   (516 words)

  
 Metro: Abbey or not Abbey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Kirkstall is venue for open-air Shakespeare festival from Tuesday 9 August until Sunday 4 September.
One of the best-preserved abbeys in Britain, Kirkstall Abbey, aside from lending its cloisters to the Shakespeare festival, is an important and popular historical site in the Yorkshire region.
Built in the twelfth century, the abbey was originally home to a community of Cistercian monks and now features a museum for visitors to explore and many sheltered spots in its beautiful gardens where they can sit contemplating as the monks once did.
www.wymetro.com /HowToGetTo/Events/05PastEvents/2005-05/08522907.htm   (195 words)

  
 Abbey Light Railway: The Official Website of the Abbey Light Railway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The abbey was presented to the city of Leeds by Colonel John North in 1889.
The abbey grounds are a really nice place to go for a walk around, see the abbey, visit the abbey house museum and the visitor centre, and if you choose to visit on a running day, your visit could also include a train ride!
Kirkstall Abbey, in all it's glory as viewed from Kirkstall Abbey station at the end of the railway.
www.freewebs.com /abbeylightrailway/history.htm   (455 words)

  
 Houses of Cistercian monks: Kirkstall | British History Online
Afterwards the abbey was moved and a new parochial church erected on a fresh site, else it is not impossible that a decision less obviously unfair to the parishioners might have been given.
The important grange of Micklethwaite was alienated, and the monks seem to have blamed him for that loss, for which he was not responsible, as well as others, such as that of a golden chalice and a text of the Gospels, which he had given to Henry II to gain his good will.
It mainly lay in the neighbourhood of the abbey, in Blackburnshire, and in the East Riding, the latter being the property purchased from the abbey of St. Martin near Albemarle.
www.british-history.ac.uk /report.asp?compid=36238&strquery=kirkstall   (1792 words)

  
 Kirkstall > Buildings > Dormitory
It was situated on the first floor and accessed during the day by a staircase from the cloister; a second stairway connected the dormitory to the church and was used by the monks when they rose during the night to celebrate Vigils in the choir.
The sacrist of Kirkstall may have occupied the small chamber that adjoined the dormitory, so that he could rise before the others to sound the bell for Vigils and keep an eye on the goings on in church.
In the fourteenth century the General Chapter conceded that priors and sub-priors might construct cells within the dormitory – rooms furnished with a lock - to give them greater privacy, and it is likely that at this time the other monks had some kind of a partition or screen to provide some seclusion.
cistercians.shef.ac.uk /kirkstall/buildings/dormitory   (379 words)

  
 Leeds City Council - Kirkstall Abbey
Join the Kirkstall Abbey spirit guide for a ghostly evening tour if you dare!  Please book in advance as places are limited to 20.  £3.50 per person, no concessions.  No children under 10 years of age.
Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most important buildings historically in Leeds.
The Inner Gatehouse is situated almost at the centre of the walled precinct of the abbey, an area which extended for some forty acres between the brow of the hill and the banks of the River Aire.
www.leeds.gov.uk /Leisure_and_culture/Museums_and_galleries/Local_museums/page.aspx?pageID=4EF991CD1325D6EE80256E1B004CEC00   (716 words)

  
 Kirkstall Online - community site for Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire - visit Kirkstall Abbey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The A65 Kirkstall Road/Abbey Road is the most congested road in Leeds according to research by Leeds City Council.
The Abbey Churches Together Remembrance Day Sunday afternoon Service, at Kirkstall War Memorial, was led for the first time by the Revd Rosemarie Hayes of St Stephen's.
Kirkstall Online is a community resource and information centre for the residents of Kirkstall and those with an interest in the area.
www.kirkstall.org.uk   (819 words)

  
 Kirkstall Valley Park
The weirs at Armley Mills and Kirkstall Abbey date from medieval times, but during the 18th and 19th centuries the valley became a major centre for the woollen industry, and a complex network of weirs and goits was constructed to supply additional energy.
Abbey Mills is clearly marked on a 1711 map of the Earl of Cardigan's estate.
Although Kirkstall power station was still zoned as industrial land, the entire area between the River Aire and Kirkstall Road was allocated as playing fields and public open space in the 1972 Development Plan Review.
images.leeds.ac.uk /aboutkvp.htm   (2544 words)

  
 OHEK - YORKSHIRE HISTORY - KIRKSTALL ABBEY and SHIRE OAK   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Kirkstall Abbey arose from a vow made by the great Norman baron, Henry de Lacy, in 1147, that if spared, by the mercy of God, from a dangerous and distressing illness, he would erect a monastery to the most pious order of Cistercian monks then lately established in England.
Mary is dared to fetch a twig from a yew tree that grows by the abbey, when she witnesses the murder of a local squire.
Abbey House Museum came from the now demolished hamlet of Armley Heights and is as it would have looked in the 1880s.
www.ohek.co.uk /local/kirkstall1.htm   (3408 words)

  
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Over the years Kirkstall became impoverished and adding to their troubles hostility developed between themselves and the monks at the important grange of Micklethwaite which became lost to the monks of Kirkstall.
At this time also Richard of Eland claimed the grange of Cliviger from the monks of Kirkstall, and the abbot who regarding the claim as a just one, resigned Cliviger to Robert Lacy who was the son of the founder and patron of the abbey.
Then in 1394-5 the alien cell of Burstall in Holderness was sold to the Abbot and the convent of Kirkstall thus became possessed of several churches and considerable property in the east of Yorkshire which they retained till the Dissolution.
myweb.ecomplanet.com /kirk6479/mycustompage0041.htm   (964 words)

  
 U. of York - History -
The fact that the Abbey is part of the same site has become somewhat obscured and this confusion is represented by the fact that although the local people are very fond of the Kirkstall site as a whole, the curators for the Museum and the Abbey have had very different feedback.
At Abbey House Museum, the basics are there to be built on and with a recent lottery application successful, the modification and rearrangement of the building, introduction of a cafe and generally improved facilities, things are looking good.
Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House Museum are very accessible with bus stops, a large parking area and zebra crossings across the main road but the site would benefit from more widespread publicity.
www.york.ac.uk /depts/hist/heritage/sitreps/kelly.htm   (2730 words)

  
 Abbey House Museum VR Tour | Index
Perching on the hillside overlooking Kirkstall Abbey and its grounds, Abbey House is home to a wealth of historical artefacts many relating to Leeds life and, of course, the Abbey.
It began life as a gatehouse for the Abbey in the 11th Century, indeed the distinctive arches of the original entrance can still be seen from the exterior where they form the oldest part of the existing building.
Abbey House can be found on your right, approx 1&Mac218;4 mile after Kirkstall Retail Park opposite Kirkstall Abbey.
www.vrleeds.co.uk /tours_kirkstall/abbey_house_museum   (297 words)

  
 Virgin Trains - What's on
Kirkstall Abbey is one of Britain's best preserved abbeys and one of the most important historical buildings in Leeds.
Built between 1152 and 1182 on the northern bank of the River Aire, the Abbey was originally home to a community of Cistercian monks and lay brothers.
Other important attractions include the Chapter House with its many carved arches and pillars, the tower and the grand church, which is best viewed by looking through the west door in order to fully see its eight huge columned arches.
www.virgintrains.co.uk /eventdetail/popup.aspx?eventid=111789   (173 words)

  
 Kirkstall Abbey - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Kirkstall Abbey - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Built between 1152 and 1182, on the northern bank of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey was founded by...
Located in Leeds are the Grand Theatre, which is the home of Opera North; the West Yorkshire Playhouse (1990), the largest English production theatre...
uk.encarta.msn.com /Kirkstall_Abbey.html   (106 words)

  
 The Thoresby Society - Articles The Thoresby Society is the historical society for Leeds and District. Named after ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
the monks came from their first settlement to the place which is now called Kirkstall; a place covered with woods and uncultivated, a place almost destitute of good things except timber and stone and a pleasant valley with the water of a river which flowed down the centre...
In those days the buildings of Kirkstall were erected from stone and wood which were brought there, that is the church, and the dormitories of the monks and lay brethren, and the refectory, the cloister and the chapter and other necessary buildings within the abbey and all these were covered with tiles...
[Alexander] ruled the abbey for 35 years, a true abbot in deed and name, and living to a good old age, and old man and full of years, he was gathered to his fathers.
www.laplata.co.uk /thoresby/kirkstall.htm   (590 words)

  
 Vesper Gate - Kirkstall  Leeds  West Yorkshire
Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS5 3NG Tel.
is an attractive traditional pub, standing opposite Kirkstall Abbey, on the A65.
This is a great place to quench your thirst or satisfy your appetite after a walk around the Abbey.
www.pub-explorer.com /thepubs/vespergatekirkstall.htm   (179 words)

  
 Kirkstall Property & Area : Parklane Properties : Property Guide for the Leeds Area   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Its most famous landmark is Kirkstall Abbey, which is situated close to the River Aire.
It also has a network of paths surrounding the abbey, which gives local residents a green haven amongst all the houses.
In and around Kirkstall there are plenty of local pubs, restaurants and takeaways and there are regular buses into Leeds city centre.
www.parklaneproperties.com /areaguide/Kirkstall.asp   (292 words)

  
 The Thoresby Society - Articles The Thoresby Society is the historical society for Leeds and District. Named after ...
the monks came from their first settlement to the place which is now called Kirkstall; a place covered with woods and uncultivated, a place almost destitute of good things except timber and stone and a pleasant valley with the water of a river which flowed down the centre...
In those days the buildings of Kirkstall were erected from stone and wood which were brought there, that is the church, and the dormitories of the monks and lay brethren, and the refectory, the cloister and the chapter and other necessary buildings within the abbey and all these were covered with tiles...
[Alexander] ruled the abbey for 35 years, a true abbot in deed and name, and living to a good old age, and old man and full of years, he was gathered to his fathers.
www.thoresby.org.uk /kirkstall.htm   (590 words)

  
 Kirkstall Abbey Virtual Reality Tour - VR Leeds 2000
Kirkstall Abbey was founded by Cistercian Monks in 1152.
The Abbey and grounds are open all the year round, and adjoins the River Aire.
A small car park is situated on the opposite side of Kirkstall Road, if driving, this is the closest spot - park there and then take the pedestrian crossing to the Abbey.
www.vrleeds.co.uk /tours_kirkstall/abbey_main.html   (218 words)

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