The weather over Easter has been highly unpredictable and unseasonable cold, with brief sunny spells broken up by heavy cloud, sleet, snow and hail. These photos were snatched at during a sunny morning before the weather closed in.


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Kilburn [54 12 36 N, 1 12 51 W] is a small, picturesque village just south of the North York Moors.


The village is best known as the home of furniture maker Robert Thompson, nicknamed the Mouseman of Kilburn after his trademark of a carved mouse. There were qa good number of other furniture makers in the area as well as Robert Thompson’s; presumably those who can afford to live in picturesque North Yorkshire villages can afford bespoke furniture to match…

Pictures of Byland Abbey, [54 12 11 N, 1 9 33 W] just down the road from Kilburn. The ruined west entrance to the abbey had been a dramatic landmark on many family trips out to the North York Moors or on to the coast, but this was the first time we had visited the site. It was apparently one of the largest Cistercian monasteries (before Henry VIII’s dissolution) and the area covered by the ruins is impressive (well worth a look on Google Earth). Entrance information (English Heritage).


View down the nave.

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Remains of the large rose window in the West entrance.

Kilburn & Byland Abbey