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"Furness Abbey, or St. Mary of Furness is a former monastery situated on the outskirts of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The abbey dates back to 1123 and was once the second wealthiest and most powerful Cistercian monastery in the country, behind only Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire." Source Wikipedia

Today Furness Abbey lies in ruin preserved by English Heritage. The ruins lie well hidden in a deep valley quite close to the centre of Barrow-in-Furness. They are impressive on first sight even today and remain a hidden historical gem.
History of Photography. Roger Fenton visited Furness Abbey in 1860 taking around 20 photographs produced on wet collodion glass negatives printed on to albumen paper. His work included early contre jour shot of a woman (possibly his daughter) backlit in a doorway entitled "A vista of Furness". We do not have the image in our collections but it can be seen on the internet at http:/​/​www.​nationalmediamuseum.​org.​uk/​Collection/​Photography/​RoyalPhotographicSociety/​CollectionItem.​aspx?id=2003-​5001/​2/​20135

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Category:Architecture and Structures
Subcategory:Churches
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Keywords:abbey, archaeology, architecture, barrow-in-furness, christianity, cistercians, cumbria, english heritage, fenton, furness abbey, history of photography, lancashire, photography, religion, roger fenton, ruins

HRS 2209 Furness Abbey chancel

HRS 2209 Furness Abbey chancel

HRS 2210 Furness Abbey Ruins interior

HRS 2210 Furness Abbey Ruins interior

HRS 2211 Furness Abbey bridge

HRS 2211 Furness Abbey bridge

HRS 2212 Furness Abbey Chapel and buttery building

HRS 2212  Furness Abbey Chapel and buttery building

HRS 2213 Furness Abbey range

HRS 2213 Furness Abbey range

HRS 2214 Furness Abbey SE view

HRS 2214 Furness Abbey SE view

HRS 2215 Furness Abbey former custodian's hut

HRS 2215 Furness Abbey former custodian's hut

HRS 2216 Furness Abbey west tower

HRS 2216  Furness Abbey west tower

HRS 2217 Furness Abbey cloister

HRS 2217 Furness Abbey cloister

HRS 2218 Furness Abbey steel supports

HRS 2218 Furness Abbey steel supports

HRS 2219 Furness Abbey North wall chapter house

HRS 2219 Furness Abbey North wall chapter house

HRS 2220 Furness abbey arches

HRS 2220 Furness abbey arches

HRS 2221 Furness Abbey stonework detail

HRS 2221 Furness Abbey stonework detail

HRS 2222 Furness Abbey cloisters

HRS 2222 Furness Abbey cloisters

HRS 2223 Furness Abbey cloister archway

HRS 2223 Furness Abbey cloister archway

HRS 2224 Furness Abbey Fenton's doorway

HRS 2224 Furness Abbey Fenton's doorway

HRS 2225 Furness Abbey East Range

HRS 2225 Furness Abbey East Range

HRS 2226 Archway east range

HRS 2226 Archway east range

HRS 2227 Furness Abbey vauled arch roof

HRS 2227 Furness Abbey vauled arch roof

HRS 2228 Furness Abbey stone detail current bedding

HRS 2228 Furness Abbey stone detail current bedding