South Cloister Walk, Muchelney Abbey, Muchelney, Somerset

South Cloister Walk, Muchelney Abbey, Muchelney,  Somerset
Photograph taken 01 August 1997 © Paul Highnam ref: K971725

Muchelney Abbey was thought to have been first established under a foundation charter from King Cynewulf in 762. It was refounded in the late 10th century by King Athelstan as a Benedictine house dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. The abbey’s main buildings were demolished as part of the dissolution in 1538. Visitors can still see the clearly laid out foundations of the abbey, parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and the thatched monks’ lavatory - the only one of its kind in Britain. The 16th century abbots’ house remains intact. The Abbey is in the care of English Heritage (2011).

Location

Somerset Muchelney

Period

Anglo Saxon (Britons/English/Vikings) (410 - 1065)

Tags

english heritage abbey monastery dissolution religion faith interior