Monday, 6 July 2015

Priory and a Steam Locomotive

Saturday morning was dull and overcast and it wasn’t until the afternoon when the sun came out that it started to dry up after the storm in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Sunday was a much better day or so we thought. We made a visit to North Yorkshire to visit Mount Grace Priory and do a little bit of steam train photography too. Fortunately the weather stayed fine for most of our visit but on the way back it was a little bit wet on the A1 heading back south. 
Our first visit of the day was to Mount Grace Priory, once a Carthusian Monastery, which is now looked after by English Heritage.
As you can see the weather was much better earlier in the afternoon as we strolled around the gardens and looked around the ruins of the priory.
The construction of the priory began in 1398 and it is the best preserved of the ten Carthusian monasteries built in England. The priory was closed in 1539 with the Suppression of the monasteries act when the monks were pensioned off and its buildings dismantled.

We moved on from Mount Grace Priory to a spot on the Main East Coast Railway line between Darlington and Northallerton to catch the Cathedrals’ Express bound for Edinburgh and hauled by 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley.
By this time the sky was already starting to darken and a few rumbles of thunder gave warning of the storm heading our way.


  1. I don't envy your stormy road journey, but I do envy your rainfall !
    We had light rainfall Friday night, our only rain for ages, but the ground was hardly wet afterwards and today I planted cabbages in very dry soil despite a straw mulch. Rain is forecast for tomorrow, but that has happened before and somehow it bypasses our part of the SE.
    The priory looks just like the sort of place we like to visit - interesting old buildings and plants.

    1. The heavy rain we passed through near Thirsk missed Ossett. It made a poor attempt to rain here on Monday but after a miserable day it hadn't managed to wet the soil. I've some leeks to plant out but need the soil to be damp to dibble some holes for planting.


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