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a Abbey in the town of Abingdon, in the county of Oxfordshire


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About Abingdon Abbey

Abingdon Abbey was founded in 675 and demolished following Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. During the life of the abbey it rose to become powerful and important, particularly as a seat of learning. William the Conqueror celebrated Easter at the abbey in 1084, afterwards he sent his son who later became Henry I to be educated there. At the time it was demolished, Abingdon Abbey was the 6th richest abbey in Britain.

Today, very little of the abbey remains. The church has long gone and what was left of the gateway is restored and attached to the Church of St. Nicholas. Remaining abbey buildings include the former granary and bakehouse, and the magnificent 13th century Checker Hall, possibly once the Exchequer. This is a square stone building with a fine gabled roof. It serves as an Elizabethan-style theatre. From the hall, a staircase leads to the upper part of the building which may have been used as the Counting House.

Several other fragments of the former abbey remain, these are preserved as part of the ruins.

Abingdon Abbey buildings can be found on Thames Street, Abingdon.

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