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RIEVAULX

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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 325 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RIEVAULX, a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England, 3 M. W. by N. of the small town of Helmsley, which is served by a branch of the North-Eastern railway. Here, exquisitely situated in a deep wooded valley, are the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, a foundation by Walter 1'Espec in 1131 for Cistercians. The principal remains are those of the cruciform church, mainly Early English in date, and of the finest workman-ship. There are considerable fragments of the refectory, and all the important domestic buildings may be traced. A beautiful prospect over the ruins and the valley is seen from the terrace on the eastern flanking hill.
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