Crowland Abbey, Crowland, Lincolnshire

Crowland Abbey, Crowland, Lincolnshire

Crowland Abbey, once part of a Benedictine Abbey, has stood in Crowland since as early as the 8th century, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin, Saint Bartholomew and Saint Guthlac.

Guthlac the monk lived the life of a hermit at Crowland (also known as Croyland) during the late 7th century and early 8th century. His existance of solitude, upon what was once an island in the fens, paved the way for the beginning of a monastic community.

During the Tudor reign of the 16th century the abbey was dissolved and stripped of wealth. The building suffered extensive damage the following century when Crowland was besieged and captured by Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War.

The church contains the skull of the 9th century Abbot Theodore who was killed at the altar by Vikings.

Address Crowland Abbey
East St
Crowland, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Telephone 01733 211763
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