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ABBOTSBURY ABBEY

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  ABBOTSBURY ABBEY REMAINS, ST PETERS ABBEY
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St. Peter's Abbey was founded as a college for secular canons in circa 1026 by Orc, a chief minister of King Canute. In circa 1044, it became Benedictine. The site may have belonged to Glastonbury Abbey in the tenth century and an early monastic settlement at the site is possible. Very little is known of the earliest remains, as extensive demolition occured during the Norman period, when new buildings were constructed. The earliest remains now visible include late 12th century carved decoration and 13th and 14th century architectural features. The Abbey was secularised in 1539 by Henry VIII as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It is thought that the buildings were leased to Sir Giles Srangeways. part of the site may have been converted into a private residence at that time. The site is in the care of English Heritage.

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