My favourite photo of the moment
It was in the year 1154 that Augustinian
Priests arrived in the village of Bolton-in-Wharfedale to build a priory, the
land had been given to them by Lady Alice de Romille of nearby Skipton Castle.
The remains of the original building can still be seen under the ruins of the
altar. The income required to build and maintain such a large building was
gained from their work in agriculture and renting of land, working of Mills and
Mines. In 1539 the dissolution of the churches, by King Henry the VIII, was to
see the priory pulled down and stripped of anything of any value to be sold and
the money to be added to the kings treasury. The estate was sold off to the
Clifford family now the new owners of Skipton Castle, it was later sold onto the
Duke of Devonshire (who is still the present owner today).