This week Form 5 are away in Yorkshire for a week’s residential, stopping en route at the stunning site of Fountains Abbey near Ripon. This is one of the largest monastic building in the country and is owned by the National Trust. Established in 1132 by a group of Benedictine monks from York, the Abbey became a source of great profit to its community of monks and acquired many valuable religious artefacts. Although the Abbey’s community survived the Black Death and regular raids by the Scots, it was eventually destroyed in 1539 as part of the dissolution of monasteries ordered by Henry VIII.
Form 5 enjoyed exploring these beautiful ruins and imagining what life would have been like hundreds of years ago for the monks who built and worshipped in the Abbey.