Photo essay: Glorious crocuses at Leeds Kirkstall Abbey are first sign of spring

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Spring has sprung at Kirkstall Abbey – with an explosion of pretty crocuses creating a carpet of colour in the magnificent grounds.

The Abbey, which dates back to 1152, is a popular destination for local families who wish to soak up its history and the lovely surroundings.

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

It was built by monks who chose the site for its ‘timber and stone and a pleasant valley with the water of a river which flowed down its centre.’

The monks flourished there and attracted many new recruits. By 1182, the greatest of the buildings, such as the church and chapterhouse which still stand today, had been built.

There are expected to be a few opportunities this weekend to venture out to see the first signs of spring. Sunny spells were forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow is set to have a dry start before rain and strong winds arrive later in the day.