Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire

Cistercian Monks

Hailes Abbey was founded in 1240 for the Cistercians by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. Richard's son, returning from the Crusades, presented the Abbey with the relic of Holy Blood and this made it a major pilgrimage centre in the west.

It was quite thoroughly broken down in the Dissolution, although the west range was briefly occupied as a house. This too was allowed to go to ruin and what stands today is difficult to reconstruct but has an idyllic setting in the Gloucestershire countryside.

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