A month out from our England trip and I’ve got photos of our mini-coach tour into the Yorkshire countryside, ablaze with autumn colors and steeped in history.
This pastoral scene of the River Wharfe drew artists like Turner and poets like Wordsworth during the Romantic Age. Compare the misty photo we snapped with a painting by Turner in the early 1800s. I can’t verify that’s the exact view but it’s close.
We stopped at Aysgarth Falls to see the tiered waterfall. Poet Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, viewed the falls while awaiting their coach’s change of horses. Of course, Artist Turner sketched the falls.
They’re everywhere. We found a village shop selling local crafts. I scooped up a few ornaments made from the local sheep’s wool.
The Yorkshire Dales offered breathtaking rolling hills, stone walls, heather, and charming villages. Lunchtime found us in the village of Reeth, at The Kings Arms.
Jervaulx Abbey, built in the 12th century, served the community until Henry VIII’s reign. Henry, as you may recall, disbanded all Catholic religious orders that refused to accept Anglicanism. The Catholic Church lost its property and assets. Henry’s army attempted to obliterate this particular Cistercian Abbey because its Abbot, the last Abbot, was actively involved in an uprising against Henry VIII’s decree for the dissolution of the Catholic faith and confiscation of the church’s considerable property and wealth in England. Today we’re left with the haunting ruins.
David sensed a connection with this model of a 5’4″ monk, the average size for the period.
Here’s model of Jervaulx Abbey, only part of it, in its glory before the dissolution.
We arrived at Bolton Abbey, another historic structure, as the late afternoon autumn sun transformed the stone into gold. Alas, another priory that fell during Henry VIII’s reign.
What a fabulous day — two Yanks exploring the Yorkshire countryside.
I’ll leave you with a parting shot of us modeling our flat caps. Actually, the one I’m showing off is a gift for our son.
Read about our stay in the City of York where we explored the York Minster and a Viking Village. There’s also the post on the colorful and varied doors of an English village.
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Ann Marie and David