Thorney Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Benedictine Monks

Thorney Abbey has a very ancient origin. A 7th Century hermitage was destroyed by Vikings in the late 9th Century. In the 970s a Benedictine Monastery was founded which was greatly enlarged shortly after the Norman Conquest.

From the 12th to the 14th Century the Monastery was enlarged and the large Abbey Church was constructed. The last additions came only a few years before the Dissolution arrived in 1539. The Abbey was surrendered without incident and today only the nave of the Abbey Church survives as St Mary and St Botolph Parish Church.

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