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Furness Abbey Through Time

Gill Jepson


The magnificent ruins of Furness Abbey are now in the care of English Heritage and attract thousands of visitors every year. Dating back to the twelfth century, the Abbey was one of the wealthiest Cistercian monasteries in the country. Over the centuries, writers and artists including William Wordsworth and Turner have come here and been inspired by the splendour of the sandstone ruins and the tranquillity of their location in a peaceful valley.

In Furness Abbey Through Time, local historian and Chair of the Furness Abbey Fellowship, Gill Jepson, presents an excellent visual chronicle that looks at how the abbey precinct has changed over the last century and more. Using an impressive collection of archive photographs, postcard views and colour photographs, readers will see that the abbey has been a focal point for visitors across the decades. Successive generations have been drawn here to explore the heritage and enjoy the scenery.

In addition to the main abbey precinct, photographs of its closer land holdings such as Piel Castle, Bow Bridge, Abbot’s Wood and Dalton Castle are also included to provide a more comprehensive collection. This superbly illustrated book will be of interest to local people and visitors to the abbey and the surrounding area.


Amberley Publishing



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Paperback; 234 x 165mm



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