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Weir on River Skell Approximately 10 Metres East of the Infirmary at Fountains Abbey, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains

Description: Weir on River Skell Approximately 10 Metres East of the Infirmary at Fountains Abbey

Grade: II
Date Listed: 11 June 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 331041

OS Grid Reference: SE2762968304
OS Grid Coordinates: 427629, 468304
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1099, -1.5789

Location: Royal, North Yorkshire HG4 3DZ

Locality: Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains
Local Authority: Harrogate Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG4 3DZ

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Listing Text

ROYAL AND FOUNTAINS (east side, off)

9/39 Weir on River Skell
approximately 10 metres
east of the Infirmary at
Fountains Abbey


Weir. Probably medieval, for the monks of Fountains Abbey and possibly
rebuilt after 1768 for William Aislabie. Gritstone. Approximately one
metre high and 4 metres wide. Sloping ramp of coursed stones, overhanging
coping of massive blocks. Sluice on river banks upstream. The north bank
of the river, to east of the abbey church, was taken up by the monks' burial
ground and the river was channelled under the hall and kitchens of the
infirmary. These buildings are thought to have been robbed during the
construction of Fountains Hall c1611 (qv) and William Aislabie built a folly
near to the channel outlet after 1768 (Walker). The control of the water
level at this weir has therefore been important throughout the history of
occupation in the valley. R Gilyard-Beer, Fountains Abbey, 1970, p 74.
W T C Walker, personal communication.

Listing NGR: SE2762868307

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Source: English Heritage

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