Introduction and Preface
Contributors and Acknowledgements
A Brief History
Cistercian History and an Appraisal
 The Abbey A-Z
About the Author
A MONASTIC LEGACY


"History on the Ground" (a phrase originally used by Professor W.G. Hoskins).

1.
A dyke, constructed by the Cistercian monks in the 13th century, crosses the bogs of Lincove in Upper Eskdale.  "A dyke, wall or paling as the abbot should think most convenient for them; but such, nevertheless as harts and does and their fawns could leap"
         (Furness Coucher vol.2 pp. 565-6 Chetham Society).
2.
Traces of the monks' smelting sites, their bloomeries can be found on the Cumbrian fells.
3.
Forty Pele towers are extant in High and Low Furness and in the Border country.
4.
Biggar Dyke and Sarah Beck are examples of the monks' drainage system.
5.
The Boon Well in Well Meadow, Well Lane, was built by a medieval mason from the abbey.
6.
Bow Bridge in Ennis Wood was another construction of the White Monks, built for transporting produce to the abbey mill.
7.
The right of way from Ormsgill farm through Cocken Tunnel to North Scale was made by the monks and survived until the late 20th century.
8.
Traces of the monks' three-field system of farming can still be seen at Ireleth.