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LESNES ABBEY

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Augustinian Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr, founded 1178 by Richard de Luci, justiciar of England, and dissolved 1525. Excavations in the early 19th century recovered nearly all of the plan of the abbey. Much of it is of 12th century build and survives in places to 2-3 metres high. The aisled, cruciform, church lay to the South of the claustral buildings. The West range consisted of the brewhouse, kitchen and cellarer's building, the north range was the frater, and the East range had the sacristy, chapter house, parlour, dorter undercroft, and warming house. To the North of the East range was a Northwards extension containing the Abbots lodging and reredorter. East of the parlour was the infirmary with its chapel and misericord. Excavations in the 1950's located a further large building between the infirmary and parlour. The remains exist as ruins and footings.

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