Hailes Abbey, Stanway, Gloucestershire

Hailes Abbey, Stanway, Gloucestershire
Photograph taken 20 October 2006 © Helmut Schulenburg. Source Historic England Archive ref: 134897

The Cistercian abbey of Hailes was founded in 1246 by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. He founded it in thanksgiving for surviving a shipwreck. The abbey church was built by 1277. The abbey had extensive and elaborate buildings, financed by pilgrims visiting its renowned relic, 'the Holy Blood of Hailes' - allegedly a phial of Christ's own blood. Following its dissolution in 1539 by Henry VIII, the abbey was sold to a dealer in monastic properties, soon after which the church was demolished. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010). More Info

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