Crucifixion on the gatehouse, Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset

Crucifixion on the gatehouse, Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset
Photograph taken July 1999 © Copyright Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: k990880

Cleeve Abbey was founded as a Cistercian monastery in 1198. The abbey was at its peak in the 13th and 14th centuries, with up to 28 monks and numerous lay brothers. Some of the lay brothers lived here others lived on outside estates (or granges). In 1536, the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Little remains of the church except low walls and foundations. Many of the surviving buildings date from the 13th century, including the gatehouse. The gatehouse is seen here and was remodelled by Abbot Dovell in the early 16th century. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010).

Location

Somerset Washford

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

abbey monastery dissolution building gatehouse statue figure design architecture medieval (1066 - 1484) english heritage