Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Croyland Abbey, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Benedictine Monks

Croyland Abbey was never an abbey. It takes its name from Croyland (Crowland) Abbey in Lincolnshire.

In AD 948 King Eadred granted most of the land that is today Wellingborough to the monks of Croyland Abbey which he had just founded. The Monks built a monastic grange here at Wellingborough and they lived here until the Dissolution. The nearby Tithe Barn is considered to be the oldest surviving part of the monastic structures in the area, dating to the 15th Century.

The structure which today bears the name ‘Abbey’ is a Jacobean mansion from around the 17th Century, some long time after the monks were removed by Henry VIII. A 12th Century door still exists within the Abbey structure. Until 2006 the town museum was in the building, but this has now moved elsewhere in the town.

The Abbey and the later Hall next to it are now council offices. The Tithe Barn is open to the public and often holds local events.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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