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Bordesley Abbey

Bordesley Abbey was a 12th-century Cistercian abbey near the town of Redditch, in Worcestershire, England.

The abbey's foundation was an act of Waleran de Beaumont, Count of Meulan, who gave the monks of Garendon Abbey in Leicestershire some more land. The Count's twin brother was the benefactor of Garendon. However, Empress Matilda laid claim to the patronage of Bordesley once Waleran surrendered to her in about 1141, thus making Bordesley a royal house. 

Bordesley Abbey was once an important local ecclesiastical centre, holding political control of the ancient township of Tardebigge. However, the abbey's importance was lost once its control of the area was taken from it in the 1534 disestablishment. It was demolished by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1538 and the property was sold.

The ruins are now an archaeological site, undergoing investigation since 1969 by the University of Reading's Bordesley Abbey Project. Many of the excavated items can be seen in a visitor centre and museum at the site, which is joined with the Forge Mill Needle Museum.

The site is open to the public and accessible via public rights of way.

Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick, was buried in the Abbey

Bordesley Abbey

Bordesley Abbey was a 12th-century Cistercian abbey near the town of Redditch, in Worcestershire, England.

The abbey's foundation was an act of Waleran de Beaumont, Count of Meulan, who gave the monks of Garendon Abbey in Leicestershire some more land. The Count's twin brother was the benefactor of Garendon. However, Empress Matilda laid claim to the patronage of Bordesley once Waleran surrendered to her in about 1141, thus making Bordesley a royal house. 

Bordesley Abbey was once an important local ecclesiastical centre, holding political control of the ancient township of Tardebigge. However, the abbey's importance was lost once its control of the area was taken from it in the 1534 disestablishment. It was demolished by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1538 and the property was sold.

The ruins are now an archaeological site, undergoing investigation since 1969 by the University of Reading's Bordesley Abbey Project. Many of the excavated items can be seen in a visitor centre and museum at the site, which is joined with the Forge Mill Needle Museum.

The site is open to the public and accessible via public rights of way.

Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick, was buried in the Abbey

comments (10)

Very cool.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Michael
considerable history here then, Brian, and i imagine they have been busy this while making sense of what they unearth.
Bill Phillips: There is and I was unaware of it Ayush
sorry! i meant Bill.
Bill Phillips: Haha You are forgiven!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Dec 2019, 06:31
This is interesting, a place I've never heard of before
Bill Phillips: No reason you should have really. It is near the needle museum, which is actually more interesting than it sounds
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 22 Dec 2019, 07:00
Did you discover much of their life style when you spent an hour in the museum.
Bill Phillips: We didn't go in the museum
I admire each photograph here, Bill. Very well done.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Mary. It was an interesting place
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Dec 2019, 15:25
Old Henry VIII was responsible for a lot of damage. He appeared to have the hump with someone...
Bill Phillips: He was the Donald Trump of his time although far more educated
This is really interesting because within 10 minutes walk from my home I can be quite deep into the Garendon estate although these days one can only walk round its border and not through it except on special occasions. Having been through it there is a small ruin which was a chapel many centuries ago although the big mansion built there in later times is no more, it burnt down and was broken up and used for ballast on the nearby M1.
Bill Phillips: I hadn't known about this place until quite recently
great collection of images Bill....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Thank you Peter. Redditch is only about 18m miles from us and it was only recently that I knew this place existed!
Not much of it left!
Bill Phillips: No there isn't Tom grin

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