|14 October 2017|
John Aislabie was a socially ambitious politician, who fell from favour and retreated here to his Yorkshire estate to set about creating this elegant water garden.
Follies, statues and eye catchers were common features in eighteenth century gardens. There could be no finer eye catcher than the grand ruins of Fountains Abbey, which happened to be in his neighbour’s garden.
So that his guests could enjoy the magnificent ruins, viewpoints were created, with the majestic sight of the abbey a highlight of an eighteenth century tour.
John’s son William finally managed to buy the ruins in 1767 which meant that the abbey became part of the garden. William kept his father’s formal designs, but developed new areas of the garden to add wild, wooded and picturesque walks. (LINK)
St Mary’s Church
When the estates of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal were united in 1767, a celebrated medieval monastic ruin was incorporated into one of England’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens. The most significant later addition to this setting, now a World Heritage Site, is the Gothic revival Anglican church of St Mary. Created partly as a result of a tragic family death in 1870, St Mary’s Church was designed by William Burges in an eclectic Gothic style for the Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon in 1870 and completed in 1878. A masterpiece of an astonishingly inventive designer, it is rich in decorative detail and symbolism.(LINK)
Studley Royal deer park
Studley Royal deer park is home to three different types of deer, it is the start of the rutting season so there were notices to keep to the paths. The day was very warm for the time of the year so most of the animals were chilling out under trees or sitting in the sun.
There are many ancient trees in the Deer Park, some showing damage from the storms we have had had over the past year. The trees are made safe but are left to rot down, some were home to many different kinds of fungi.
These deer originate from France and were brought over during the Norman conquest. They were introduced to Studley Royal at the end of the 1600s. They’re a pale brown colour with white spots, but you do occasionally see an all-white or dark colouring, too. The male is called a buck, and have ‘palmate’ antlers (broad and flat). The female is known as a doe and her young as a fawn.
|Studley Royal House|
These are the smallest and most timid deer in Studley Royal park. They originate in the Far East and have a white, heart-shaped marking on their bottom. The males are called stags with antlers like tree branches. The females are called hinds and their young are calves.
On the road that runs through the park, at one end you can see the St Mary’s Church and at the other end you can see Ripon Cathedral.
|Fishing Tabernacles & cascade|
These are the largest in Studley Royal park. They’re indigenous to the UK and are usually a dark reddish brown. The male is called a stag and have large antlers shaped like tree branches. The female is called a hind and the young are referred to as calves.
There is so much to see and do at Fountains Abby, there is the Abby it's self to look round which you have to pay but the Studley and the walk along the Seven Bridges Valley is all free. You have accesses to the shop, toilets and cafes so a great day out for all the family.
Thanks to the National Trust for their hard work at keeping places like this open for us all to enjoy.
I have used some of their information throughout the post and the link can be found here.