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Furness Abbey

Furness Abbey Founded in 1127 as the Abbey of St. Mary, by the monks of Savigny, Furness Abbey has a long and sometimes turbulent history. In 1147 the Savignac Order merged with the Cistercian Order and saw a period of peace and prosperity until the early 1300's when the Low Furness area was the target of raiding parties from Scotland. The Abbey itself managed to buy itself protection, but the surrounding area was sacked and pillaged.

In 1537 the monastery was taken over by Henry VIII's forces and the Abbey was stripped of its many treasures as well as the lead from the roof and much of its stonework, leaving the ruins that remain to this day.

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