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Photo Blog: The Ruins of Roche Abbey – English Heritage

Nestled in a clearing down a cobbled road somewhere near Maltby village in South Yorkshire, are the remains of Roche Abbey. You’ll find the exposed foundations of the original site and also the towering Gothic transepts of the original Monastery.

I spent most of an afternoon there, right through to when the sun started setting. So I’ve gathered the best of the photos together for you to enjoy.

Roche Abbey – The Foundations and Scenery

“Capability” Brown landscaped the site around the ruins in the 18th century. Therefore, you can expect wonderful scenery to enjoy surrounding this Cistercian monastery.

Make a family trip of it, it’s a great place to explore with the kids and dogs are allowed too! At certain times of the year the site is closed however, so be sure to check the opening times.

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Roche Abbey – The Gothic Transepts

The suppression of 1538 saw much of the original monastery dismantled. What does survive are the foundations, which demonstrate the extensive nature of the original building.

In addition, the towering transepts stand at their original height. They’re also considered important examples of early British Gothic architecture.

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Roche Abbey is just one of the sites near where we live looked after by the English Heritage. Peveril Castle was the subject of a previous photo blog, you can see them here.

My wife and I believe the pass was a great investment for family day’s out. It’s great for feeding my photography habit too!

Are there any historical or local heritage sites you love to visit?

Roche Abbey

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6 thoughts on “Photo Blog: The Ruins of Roche Abbey – English Heritage

  1. Love these photos. I’ve never been to Roche Abbey, but would like to. I am a National Trust member and enjoy visiting their properties when I get the chance. Baddesley Clinton, a moated Tudor manor house near Solihull, is a particular favourite of mine. It’s only around 30 minutes from me by car, so I tend to go there several times a year.

  2. I love English Heritage and I’ve been a member for a couple of years. I’ve not been to Roche Abbey so it’s great to read about it and I love the photos! One of my favourite places to visit with English Heritage is Belsay Hall, castle and gardens. We’re hoping to head over there next week and I’m really looking forward to it!

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