Posts from the ‘Architecture’ category


The standing stones at Callanish on the Isle of Lewis are perhaps the most dramatic of all the monuments in the Outer Hebrides.

The main set of standing stones depicted below date from around 2900 BC, but these are just one of a group of Neolithic sites in the landscape around Loch Roag:

© Mark Simms Photography (2022)

The Yorkshire Dales

Because it’s taken me nearly 10 months to post all my photographs from our trip to the Yorkshire Dales back in November 2021, I’ve brought them all together again in one gallery below. Yorkshire is blessed with some magnificent ruined abbey’s, so if you like that sort of thing then this post is definitely for you:

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Fountains Abbey

We visited Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens last November and although the weather wasn’t great it was still showing off some spectacular Autumn colours.

The Abbey was founded in 1132 and it was one of the largest and most important Cistercian monastries in England for much of it’s 407 year existence. By the early 16th Century it was also one of the wealthiest and therefore a prime target for Henry VIII and the dissolution of the monastories in 1539.

© Mark Simms Photography (2022)

Jervaulx Abbey

There are a number of ruined abbeys in and around the Yorkshire Dales. I’ve already posted about Bolton Abbey, and I have a post on Fountains Abbey to come. Today though is the turn of Jervaulx Abbey.

Like many religious houses in England and Wales, the 12th Century Cistercian Abbey at Jervaulx was ravaged by Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monastries circa 1540.

© Mark Simms Photography (2022)

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