These gorgeous floor tiles are still in situ at Byland Abbey. Although they are now out in the open and exposed to the elements they would once have been under the vast canopy of the Abbey buildings and walked on by the monks who lived and worshipped there. I have never seen so many Medieval floor tiles in one place outdoors (this is not the only area of the Abbey with tiles) although they can often been seen in our cathedrals.

Byland Abbey in is North Yorkshire and looked after by English Heritage. (And there is a wonderful pub/inn across the road serving fantastic cakes!)




The ruined Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire, an English Heritage property. This was one of the earliest Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England. The first buildings were of wood in 1131-2 although in 1135/6 the stone structures were started. Expansion and remodelling continued through the next few hundred years until the Dissolution and sale to the Earl of Rutland in 1538 who stripped the buildings leaving a ruin behind.