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FORDE ABBEY

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Cistercian abbey founded in 1136 as a daughter house to Waverley, moved to its present site from Brightley (SX59NE1) in 1141 and dissolved in 1539. Surviving elements of the abbey include the 12th century chapterhouse which was converted to a chapel in the 17th century, 13th century Dormitory and Cloisters of 13 bays, and 15th century porch. The site was converted into a country house in 1649 and has 18th century and 20th century additions. The house has rubble walls with Ham Stone ashlar and dressings, the roofs are of lead and slate. Listed.

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