10 November 2017

Fountains Abbey and Fountains Hall

A place that I missed the first couples of times that I visited Fountains Abbey is Fountains Hall. The hall is a grade I listed country house in the grounds of the abbey near Ripon. It was built between 1598 and 1604, partly using stone from the abbey ruins. As you follow the footpath to the abbey there is another path which leads to Fountains Hall and some lovely gardens by the river. I don’t think it’s particularly well hidden, I’ve just never noticed it! 

The hall fell into disrepair after the war and was taken over by the National Trust in 1983. Fountains Hall is said to be haunted although we didn’t see anything to prove this whilst we were there!

Across the bridge from the gardens you’ll find an 12th century mill which is another place I’ve missed out. The mill is one of the oldest buildings in the Fountains Abbey grounds and was still in use up until 1927.

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