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Cleeve Abbey was founded in 1198 by Cistercian monks. The abbey was at its peak in the 13th and 14th centuries, with up to 28 monks and numerous lay brothers, the latter living both here and on outside estates (or granges). In 1536, the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Although little remains of the church above ground except low walls and foundations, the east and south ranges of the claustral ranges are remarkably complete. The buildings are mainly of two dates. The east range belongs principally to the 13th century and is notable for the survival of its dorter on the first floor. The south range was remodelled after the middle of the 15th century and contains a first floor refectory with a magnificent timber roof. The west alley of the cloister and the upper storey of the gatehouse, both rebuilt by the last abbot, are among the latest monastic buildings in the country. Please see the separate child records for the individual components of the abbey. The Abbey is in the care of English Heritage.

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