Designed to enchant and inspire, Rievaulx Terrace is one of Yorkshire’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens. Built by Thomas Duncombe II, it offers a stunning view over the ruins of the Cistercian Rievaulx Abbey, the dramatic landscape of Ryedale, and the hills and moorland beyond.
A narrow woodland backdrop gives little hint of the scene beyond. The terrace is marked at each end by a picturesque temple. The steeply sloping bank which falls away to the Abbey below is awash with wildflowers in the spring.
Illustrated with brand new photography and rarely seen archive images, this guidebook reveals the history of Rievaulx Terrace, from the vision and inspiration of its creators, to its remarkable construction and the atmospheric ruins in the valley below.
About the author
Jonathan Asbury is the author of five guidebooks for the Imperial War Museum, covering IWM London, IWM North, HMS Belfast, IWM Duxford, and Churchill War Rooms. He has also written an award-winning illustrated history of the latter site called Secrets of Churchill’s War Rooms and curated a collection of wartime quotations by and about Britain’s bulldog Prime Minister called Churchill’s War in Words. He lives in North Yorkshire with his wife and five children.
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