Don't miss Fountains Hall and Fountains Mill
Boasting more than just the abbey, Fountains has many interesting tales to tell, including the Cistercian mill and the Elizabethan hall...
Fountains Mill is one of the oldest buildings on the estate and was in continuous use until 1927. Fountains Mill was built by the Cistercians in the 12th-century to grind grain for the monastery. It survived the closure of the Abbey and continued to mill grain right up to 1927.
In its long history, the building has also been a monastic granary, a timber sawmill, a home for refugees, and a mason’s workshop.Today you'll find an interactive exhibition and see objects discovered when we restored the mill in 2001, including some very old graffiti.
In 1597 Stephen Proctor bought the Fountains Abbey estate and began the construction of Fountains Hall soon after. Sir Stephen Proctor built this elegant mansion as his country home in the early 17th-century. He reused sandstone blocks and a stone staircase from the Abbey but had fresh limestone cut for the windows and main façade.
Since then several families have called the Hall their home including five generations of the Messengers. The Vyner family were the last to reside in the Hall before it was sold to the West Riding County Council.
The hall has seen many uses over the years – stately home, courthouse, an estate employees’ lodging and a farmer’s house.
Today you can still explore the hall and see our informative displays, you can even stay in one of the holiday flats in the hall – or even get married here.
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