KIRK­STALL ABBEY: A HIS­TORY

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A num­ber of ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures at Newlaithes are thought to have come from nearby Kirk­stall Abbey, in­clud­ing the linen fold panelling and some of the stone.

Although a ruin, it still rep­re­sents one of the best pre­served Cis­ter­cian monas­ter­ies in the coun­try.

It was built around 1150 in wood but had been re­placed with Bram­ley Fall stone by 1182 and the monks re­mained there un­til the dis­soloution in 1539. The abbey build­ings es­caped destruc­tion and most were left stand­ing and used for agri­cul­tural pur­poses. In the late 18th and 19th cen­turies, the main thor­ough­fare to Leeds ran through the nave of the church.

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