- Easby Abbey
property_name = Easby Abbey
imgage_name = Easby Abbey.jpg
image_size = 200px
caption = Easby Abbey in 2005
type = Abbey
NT/EH/RHS = EH
Managed = EH
main = Ruined abbey
public_access = Yes
museum = No
exhibition = No
Yorkshire and the Humber
address = Richmond, North Yorkshire
postcode = DX10 4PX
refreshments = No
parking = Yes
shop = No
webAddress = [http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.001001001013009003006 Website]
Easby Abbey or the Abbey of St Agatha is an abandoned
Premonstratensianabbey on the eastern bank of the River Swaleon the outskirts of Richmond in the Richmondshiredistrict of North Yorkshire. The site is maintained by English Heritageand can be reached by a pleasant riverside walk from Richmond Castle.
The Abbey of St. Agatha, Easby, was founded in
1152by Roald, Constable of Richmond Castle. [ cite web|url=http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.001001001013009003006 |title=Easby Abbey: North Yorkshire |accessdate=2008-06-15 |last=English Heritage Web Team |publisher=English Heritage ] The inhabitants were canons rather than monks. The Premonstratensians wore a white habit and became known as the White Canons. cite web|url=http://www.richmond.org/guide/easby/easby.html |title=Online Guide to Richmond - St Agatha's Abbey, Easby |accessdate=2008-06-15 |date=2008 |publisher=Richmond Online ]
The White Canons followed a code of austerity similar to that of
Cistercianmonks. Unlike monks of other orders, they were exempt from the strict Episcopal discipline. They undertook preaching and pastoral work in the region (such as distributing meat and drink).
Other Premonstraterian houses include
Egglestone Abbeyin County Durhamand Shap Abbeyin Cumbria.
Like most northern monasteries, Easby suffered from frequent Scottish raids during the
Middle Ages. Ironically, great damage was caused to Easby and Egglestone Abbeyin 1346 when the English army was billeted there on its way to the Battle of Neville's Cross.
In the late 1530s
Henry VIIIdissolved the monasteries. The abbey was abandoned and left to fall into ruins, though some of the best features were salvaged: the fine canopied choir stalls are now found in Richmond parish church.
t. Agatha's Church (Easby Church)
St. Agatha’s Church (also called Easby Church) is located outside of Richmond, Yorkshire, England, and can easily be reached from downtown Richmond via the trail alongside the river. The exact foundation date of Easby Church is unknown, but it is thought to predate the neighboring abbey. Little of the original church remains. St. Agatha’s is home to Medieval frescoes that were preserved through the Reformation after being whitewashed. The church and abbey are open free of charge to the public.
In Easby Church is a plaster replica of the carved stone
Easby Cross. The original, which dates from the late 7th or early 8th century, is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The survival of this extremely rare early Christian cross is remarkable because when the church was being renovated the cross was broken up and used as convenient building stone in the new church. It was preserved there until it was found in the wall of the church and reassembled in the 20th century.
Picture gallery of St. Agatha's Church
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