Tuesday, 22 July 2008


Cistercian abbeys owned most of the land in this part of rural North Yorkshire in the twelfth century. They kept vast numbers of animals - one abbey alone had fifteen thousand sheep. Now these Abbeys lie in ruins, to be visited by tourists in the Summer months. They are well-kept and are havens of peace and quiet. I have tried writing a poem which captures this. Have I succeeded?

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