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Foundations of a medieval tannery found at UK's Fountains Abbey


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It is Britain’s biggest and most famous monastic ruin and one that conjures up bucolic images of peace, reflection and very little noise apart, perhaps, from the occasional waft of Gregorian chanting.

In reality, archaeologists have revealed, Fountains Abbey near Ripon was as busy, noisy and industrialised as anywhere in 12th- and 13th-century Britain.

The National Trust has announced the discovery of the foundations of a medieval tannery at the abbey, part of a world heritage site. Experts were astonished.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/25/archaeologists-find-missing-link-history-fountains-abbey

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Might have been a noisy hive of activity back in its heyday, but a lovely tranquil place to visit these days.  Used to live in Yorkshire so have been there a fair few times.

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