Reconstruction drawing of Cleeve Abbey Church, Washford, Somerset

Reconstruction drawing of Cleeve Abbey Church, Washford, Somerset
Photograph taken 1990 © Copyright Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: J900018

A reconstruction drawing of the inside of the church of the Cistercian monastery of Cleeve Abbey as it might have looked soon after its completion in the 13th century. The monastery was originally founded here by the Earl of Lincoln's grandson in 1198. The abbey was at its peak in the 13th and 14th centuries, with up to 28 monks and numerous lay brothers. In 1536, the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010).

Location

Somerset Washford

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

abbey monastery reconstruction drawing interior monk dissolution