Tucked away 53 miles south of Carlisle lie the impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, Count of Boulogne who later became King of England. The ruins today include much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings. English Heritage is currently carrying out emergency conservation work to stop the ruined Abbey church sinking into the soft ground. While excavating the grave of a medieval abbot, a hoard of medieval treasures was discovered at Furness Abbey. This discovery unearthed the first crozier to be excavated in Britain in over 50 years and an impressive gemstone ring was also found. Both of these items, along with a collection of rare and remarkable stone effigies can be seen on display in the visitor’s centre. Apart from the exhibition, there’s a gift shop and picnic area on the premises, and children are invited to play in the gardens. There are also events that bring the history of Furness Abbey to life such as medieval fayres and Christmas craft fairs.
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