Bayham Abbey is a very picturesque ruin. It displays all the necessary elements of the ruined Abbeys of England - arcading, vaulting, tracery, sculpture and an idyllic locale.
It was founded quite late, in 1208, and became a Premonstratensian Abbey. It was extended around 1300 and then again in the 15th Century. Naturally all this came to an end with the Dissolution.
One of Bayham's most unusual feature was that it had two Gatehouses - one leading from Sussex and one from Kent (the Abbey is right on the border). The Kentish one still remains, but the Sussex one was lost when the Abbey was demolished.
In the 18th Century the ruins became a feature of a landscaped park and were well preserved when English Heritage came to possess them.
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