Bindon Abbey (site), Wool - Purbeck

Bindon Abbey was founded as a Cistercian monastic house in 1172 and converted to a fine house in 1539 following the Dissolution. Much of the building was burnt down during the English Civil War but some of the structure survives as a standing ruin of up to 7 metres high. The tallest part, once the outer wall of the monastic church, is now supported by scaffolding. The masonry is very precarious and has suffered several recent falls of stone. In May 2018, the estate received a repair grant from Historic England. We are working with their appointed architect to develop a repair programme.

Bindon Abbey (site), Wool - Purbeck
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Bindon Abbey (site)
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1002703
  • Local Planning Authority: Purbeck
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Religious house


  • Building Name: Bindon Abbey (site)
  • County: Dorset
  • District / Borough: Purbeck
  • Parish: Wool
  • Parliamentary Constituency: South Dorset
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument, LB grade I