When we went to York in winters this year, the last thing we expected to see was a flooded River Ouse. Yet that was the first thing we saw. The long bar in the middle of water in the first photo is actually the top of a wooden bench placed on the side of the river. It would have been interesting to sit on it at this time.
The weather was cold and days were short so we decided to start early. We were hoping to see everything in the city by 6 PM because we had a train to catch shortly after that. But we were wrong. We were free by 3:00 PM owing to two things mostly - York being a very small city and our reluctance to chip out money to see anything really.
We chanced upon the Yorkshire Museum Gardens where we found the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey at around 3:30 PM and that was to consume the rest of the time of our trip. The Gardens are situated on the banks of the river Ouse and has a cemetary and chapel and also houses the City Art Gallery at one end.
The ruins in this Garden date back to the 13th century when an extensive rebuilding programme was undertaken and completed. Not much is left of it though. During the day, the lush garden around the ruins make is look very attractive and alive in spite of the age of the buildings.
Ruins of the St. Mary's Abbey Church. Walking ahead are my friends Hannah and Kelsey. I love ruins and ancient historical places. There is a mystery around these which only years and years of history can create.
Looking at the ruins now, it is very difficult to believe that St. Mary's was once the largest and richest Benedictine establishment in the north of England and St. Mary's Abbey was the largest landholder. A very shocking reminder indeed of the fact that nothing lasts forever.
The ruinned Abbey Church and the leafless trees with the setting sun in the backdrop make this place look even more sinister than it actually is. When you are with your friends, the place is charming, but if you are alone...
This once used to the Apse of the Norman Church. During the times of its glory, there would have been an altar here. but all that lies here now are some excavated ruins.
Days as I mentioned were short and it was late evening by 4:00 PM, so we said good bye to this intriguing piece of history and moved on to the City Art Gallery as the place had started giving us the spooks.