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Bayham Old Abbey, Aerial view

Bayham Old Abbey, Aerial view
Photograph taken 1st May 1992 © SKYSCAN BALLOON PHOTOGRAPHY ref: K930645

This aerial view shows the ruins of Bayham Abbey with New Bayham Abbey beyond. The original abbey of the Premonstratensians or White canons (monks) was founded in the early 13th century. It sits right on the border of Kent and Sussex and had 2 gatehouses, one for each county. In 1525, the abbey was dissolved by Cardinal Wolsey to create funds for Wolsey's college foundations at Oxford and Ipswich. Around 1800 the ruins became a picturesque feature of the landscaped grounds of New Bayham Abbey based on the ideas of landscape designer Humphry Repton. This site is now (2011)in the care of English Heritage.

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