Delapre Abbey, Northampton, Northamptonshire

This building includes the remains of a Cluniac nunnery. It was founded 1145 by Simon de Senils, Earl of Northampton. The body of Queen Eleanor, wife of Edward I is said to have rested in the abbey's chapel on its way to be buried in Westminster Abbey. The abbey was closed by Henry VIII in 1538 as part of the Dissolution. In 1548 the buildings were converted into a country house. It remained as such for nearly 400 years. In 1946 Northampton Corporation bought it and in 1958 it became the County Records Office.


Northamptonshire Northampton


Tudor (1485 - 1602)


abbey monastery dissolution religion faith cluniac manor tudor (1485 - 1602)