Walking Through Cities: The Abbey


Kirkstall Abbey (1)

There are some parts of the city that seem to be outside of time. Half ruined and somehow eternal. Like here: Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds.  Founded in 1152, by Baron Henry De Lacy of Pontefract Castle in return for his recovery from a serious illness, it was closed in 1539 during the destruction of the monasteries. Since then, it’s enjoyed life as part of the community, hosting markets, tourist events, even a road.

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Kirkstall Abbey (2)

There’s so much history here and yet the space within doesn’t feel heavy. It could almost be a gateway to otherworldly experiences.


Kirkstall Abbey (3)


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