Posts from the ‘Architecture’ category

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:

© Mark Simms Photography (2022)

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)

Penrhyn Castle

Built in the early 19th Century, the faux-medieval castle of Penrhyn stands overlooking the Menai Straits near Bangor in North Wales.

Although it’s an impressive piece of architecture, it’s important to point out that the Pennant family who built it, made their vast fortune in both Welsh slate and Jamaican sugar, the latter from plantations using slave labour. So like many other country house estates it’s a monument to the uncomfortable legacy of Britain’s colonial past.

© Mark Simms Photography (2022)

Glynllifon Park

Apologies for not posting over Christmas and New Year and wishing you all the very best. Unfortunately my work for the NHS has gone through the roof again with the rise in Covid cases and admissions to hospital, and the festive period was particularly busy for me.

Anyway, below are a few images of Glynllifon Park near Caernarvon in North Wales. The park is run by the local council, although the rundown country house is privately owned.

Glynllifon Park, Carnarvon, Wales, UK
Glynllifon Park, Carnarvon, Wales, UK
Glynllifon Park, Carnarvon, Wales, UK
Glynllifon Park, Carnarvon, Wales, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2022)

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