Reconstruction drawing of Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset

Reconstruction drawing of Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset
Photograph taken 1991 © Copyright Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: j920600

A drawing reconstructing the interior of the refectory of the Cistercian monastery of Cleeve Abbey as it might have looked one mealtime 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)

Themes

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reconstruction drawing abbey monastery dissolution religion faith interior monk food medieval (1066 - 1484) english heritage