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Postcards985 of 1561FIRE PLACE FOUNTAINS ABBEY AUTY SERIES GH WB No 1166FOUNTAINS ABBEY - YORKSHIRE
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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
    (726 items)

    Two more cards from the collection of PCs collected by the Millers on tour in 1906. Both show the ruins of the Cistercian monastery founded in 1132 at Fountains in Yorkshire, England. Construction on the abbey church began in 1135. Now carpeted with grass and open to the sky, this ruined medieval church is among the most atmospheric sights in England.

    Fountains Abbey and over 500 acres of land were sold by Henry VIII to Sir Richard Gresham, a merchant. The property was passed down through several generations of Sir Richard's family, finally being sold to Stephen Proctor who built Fountains Hall, an Elizabethan mansion built partly with stone from the abbey ruins, between 1598 and 1604. In 1767 it was sold for £18,000 to William Aislabie, who landscaped the abbey ruins to make a picturesque view from the Water Garden.

    The small River Skell runs picturesquely along one side of the site; it provided an important water source to the abbey. A variety of monastery buildings cluster around the south side of the church. Behind the abbey to the east lie the extensive grounds of Studley Royal Park.

    These two cards are from different companies. The second was produced by Valentine’s Co. Ltd.Ltd. (aka Valentine & Sons) (1825-1963) of Dundee, Scotland and London, England. In the 1890’s until 1902 most cards were printed in black & white collotype with undivided backs. This card is however a divided back. In the early 1900’s they were producing a great number of views of Great Britain labeled as the Valentine Series.

    The first card was published by Stewart & Woolf (1900-1940’s), 8-9 Charles Street, London, England. They published a number of view-cards in halftone lithography. Some were manufactured in Saxony like this one which is part of a series numbered 1266.

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      What a very beautiful church!!! and history!!
    2. VanessaT, 7 years ago
      Love these cards and the history you give with them.
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Mant thanks to you both SEAN & VANESSA!

      There are lots to come.

      LOTS!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Your very welcome Kevin!! cant wait to see!!!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN, VANSKYCOCK, KERRY10456, MANIKIN, BLUNDERBUSS, AGHCOLLECT 'n GARY too!
    6. VanessaT, 7 years ago
      Looking forward to seeing some more
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUES IN NJ 'n LEAH too!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks POPS, AUSTRO, RACER4FOUR, MIKELV 'n DON too!
    9. ardee54 ardee54, 7 years ago
      hi kev
      love the post cards . found 3 albums of postcards under the sink here when i came here many moons ago. have a great interest in them mind you i haven't come asross a lautrec yet!!!!!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Hi Di! Would love to see them. Many thanks to you and TONINO, NADIA, ANTIQUESINNJ 'n PHIL too!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks LEAH, GEO 'n AIMATHENA too!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks Jarrod 'n NORDICMAN!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks NUTSABOTAS!
    15. C.Hargreaves, 7 years ago
      In 1975, My mums dog (Alsatian) jumped over that wall to try and catch a pigeon sat on it, but somersaulted into the river. It got a real fright. It was funny after it hobbled out near the fall. We used to swim and paddle in the river there. It was a chance for us to get to know our stepdad.
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Thanks for your comments and memories CHARGREAVES!

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