Easby Abbey or the Abbey of St Agatha is a ruined Premonstratensian abbey on the eastern bank of the River Swale on the outskirts of Richmond in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. The site is maintained by English Heritage and can be reached by a riverside walk from Richmond Castle. Within the precinct is the still-active parish church, displaying 13th-century wall paintings.Put Easby Abbey on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Richmond day trip app .
The Abbey of St Agatha, Easby, was founded in 1152 by Roald, Constable of Richmond Castle. The inhabitants were canons rather than monks. The Premonstratensians wore a white habit and became known as the White Canons. The White Canons followed a code of austerity similar to that of Cistercian monks. Unlike monks of other orders, they were exempt from episcopal discipline. They undertook preaching and pastoral work in the region (such as distributing meat and drink).
Other former Premonstraterian houses in the north of England include Egglestone Abbey in County Durham and Shap Abbey in Cumbria. Like most northern monasteries, Easby suffered from frequent Scottish raids during the Middle Ages. Ironically, great damage was caused to Easby and Egglestone Abbey in 1346 when the English army was billeted there on its way to the Battle of Neville's Cross.
Easby Abbey Reviews
This abbey is lovely to see when out on the walk from Brompton lakes to Richmond. You can actually park by the abbey and walk into Richmond. Well worth a visit. more »
Starting at Brompton Lakes we headed for Richmond & discovered this abbey - we were the only people there but it is in a lovely quiet area with lovely surroundings but I would not go out of my way to ... more »
I got engaged at Easby Abbey! Lovely place! Will always have a special place in my heart 💖
Fantastic place to visit, well kept grounds and it's free. Bigger in size than expected and a great walk along the river.
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