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Furness Abbey

Furness Abbey, United Kingdom

Furness Abbey or St. Mary of Furness is a former monastery located to the north of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The abbey dates to 1123 and was once the second-wealthiest and most powerful Cistercian monastery in the country, behind only Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire. English Heritage is carrying out emergency conservation work to stop the ruined Abbey church sinking into the soft ground. This follows earlier routine inspections which revealed serious cracks in the walls. Medieval masons used large pieces of oak in the foundations and after 500 years, this timber is now gradually giving way. While excavating the grave of a prosperous medieval abbot, a hoard of medieval treasures was discovered at Furness Abbey. This discovery unearthed an impressive gemstone ring and the first crozier to be excavated in Britain in over 50 years. These are on display in the Abbey Museum.

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