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Kirkstall Abbey in the rain....

Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery in Kirkstall, north-west of Leeds city centre in West Yorkshire, England. It is set in a public park on the north bank of the River Aire. It was founded c.1152. It was disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII.
The picturesque ruins have been drawn and painted by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girtin and John Sell Cotman.
Kirkstall Abbey was acquired by Leeds Corporation as a gift from Colonel North and opened to the public in the late 19th century. The gatehouse became a museum (LINK)

The last few weeks I have been playing tourist, visiting places close to home. Some I have never been to like York gate gardens and some like the Abbey I have taken the children to pass an hour during the summer holidays.  
So on yet another wet and windy summers day I took myself of to look round Kirkstall Abbey, I had forgotten how big the place was and the construction of such a building from so long ago still surpris…

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