9. Fountains Abbey
The dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII was one of the most disruptive period’s of English history.
Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire is one of best preserved victims of this push to reduce the Catholic Church’s influence by the Crown.
Founded in 1132 by the Cistercian order, Fountains was once a thriving home to several hundred monks who lived and worked on the site and surrounding land, until its dissolution in 1539.