This once powerful abbey was oft featured in the medieval ballads of Robin Hood (his arch-enemy a ‘ryche abbot here besyde Of Seynt Mari Abbey‘). Originally built around 1055 by William the Conqueror, it was re-founded in 1088 as a Benedictine monastery. Destroyed by Henry VIII in 1540. The ruins sit in the courtyard of the modern Yorkshire Museum, in the shadows of the prominent York Minster Cathedral.
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