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Amesbury Abbey Church of St Mary and St Melor

Located in Amesbury, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Founded in 979AD as a Benedictine Abbey. Dissolved in the twelfth century, refounded as a Priory. Dissolved again by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century. Legend has it that Queen Guinevere died here. Close to Stonehenge...

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Lacock Abbey

Located in Lacock, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Used in the films Harry Potter, Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Moll Flanders. Medieval cloistered Abbey founded in the thirteenth century. The Fox Talbot Museum explores the life and work of a pioneer of photography. The...

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Battle Abbey and Battlefield

Located in Battle, East Sussex, South East England, England

Site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Abbey built by William the Conqueror after the battle. Major exhibition and audio tour on battlefield. According to the English Heritage website you can 'stand on the very spot where...

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Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Located in Buckfast, Devon, South West England, England

On the eastern fringe of Dartmoor National Park, St Mary's Abbey is an active monastery belonging to the Benedictine Order. Founded in 1018, Buckfast Abbey was destroyed during Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries...

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Bradford on Avon Abbey Mill

Located in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Mill used in the wool industry sited by the River Avon (Gloucestershire to Bristol). Dates from the late nineteenth century. Built to industrialise the weaving process. After the decline of the wool industry, used to cre...

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Glastonbury Abbey Tithe Barn

Located in Glastonbury, Somerset, South West England, England

Magnificent fourteenth century tithe barn once belonging to Glastonbury Abbey. At centre of the Somerset Rural Life Museum. Free entry to both museum and tithe barn...

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Forde Abbey and Gardens

Located in Chard, Somerset, South West England, England

A former Cistercian monastery founded in the twelfth century. Sold after The Dissolution of the Monasteries. The philosopher Jeremy Bentham once rented Forde Abbey, the great philosopher John Stuart Mill being one of his...

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Shaftesbury Abbey

Located in Shaftesbury, Dorset, South West England, England

Founded in 888 by Alfred the Great and his daughter Ethelgiva. Shaftesbury Abbey was once the wealthiest Benedictine nunnery in England. During the Middle Ages, there was a saying that if the Abbot of Glastonbury could m...

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Bolton Priory

Located in Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and The Humber, England

Another victim of Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century. Bolton Priory was founded in the twelfth century by the Augustinian order. Work was done in the Victorian era, including windows by...

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Torre Abbey

Located in Torquay, Devon, South West England, England

Once the wealthiest abbey of its kind in England, today Torre Abbey is one of the most complete and important examples in the country . Open daily all year round, Torre Abbey is in the heart of Torquay within The English...

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Mount Grace Priory

Located in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and The Humber, England

Founded at the end of the fourteenth century, one of ten Carthusian houses in the UK. Reconstruction of a monk's cell. Managed by English Heritage, owned by the National Trust...

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Sherborne Abbey Church

Located in Sherborne, Dorset, South West England, England

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin is a fifteenth century church with Saxon and Norman remains. Exceptional fan vaulting inside. 'The See (or Diocese) of Sherborne was created in AD 705'. There's a fascinating histor...

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Malmesbury Abbey

Located in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Ruined abbey in the centre of town founded as a Benedictine monastery in the seventh century. Founded by St. Aldhelm, a member of the Wessex royal family. Winding stone stairs take you up to the 'Parvise Treasury' with i...

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The Abbey House Gardens

Located in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Exceptional gardens and tea room next to Malmesbury Abbey. Naked gardeners as well. Set in 5 acres with the River Avon (Gloucestershire to Bristol) flowing through the lower gardens. Grounds of the former Abbot's house....

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Kelso Abbey

Located in Kelso, Scottish Borders, The Lowlands, Scotland

Built in the twelfth century. Kelso Abbey was a wealthy and powerful abbey in which the Scottish King James III was crowned in 1460. Owing to its location close to the English border, Kelso Abbey was frequently damaged b...

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Fountains Abbey World Heritage Site

Located in Ripon, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and The Humber, England

A UNESCO World Heritage Site - Studley Royal Park and Fountains Abbey (1986). Very impressive and well preserved example of a Cistercian abbey. Founded in 1132. Sold to a wealthy merchant as part of the Dissolution of th...

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Hexham Abbey

Located in Hexham, Northumberland, North East England, England

Dating predominantly from the eleventh and twelfth centuries. There has been a church on the site of Hexham Abbey since around 670AD when Etheldreda, Queen of Northumbria, made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York...

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