For the next four centuries, ownership of the Abbey passed through the hands of numerous individuals. In 1542, the abbey and its surrounding land was granted to Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, but reverted back to the Crown some 14 years later when Cranmer was burned to death for his religious beliefs. (It's always a hindrance to progress when people are persecuted for their point of view.) It was later purchased in 1583 by Sir Robert Savile, passing through marriage to the Earls of Cardigan. By 1889, Colonel John North purchased the abbey from the Countess of Cardigan. He promptly presented the abbey to the City of Leeds whereby plans for its restoration were undertaken.
On September 14, 1895, the preservation work was completed, and Kirkstall Abbey was formally opened to the public. Restorative work was initiated by Leeds City Council in 1980, a programme that remains in place to this day.
After a well deserved rest, we visited the Yorkshire Dales.