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Lesnes Abbey

Picture source: Alan Patient of

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Alan Patient of

Lesnes Abbey

Place  From 1178  To 1525

Categories: Architecture, Religion

Pronounced Lez-ness. Founded by Richard de Lucy, as a penance for his role in the murder of Thomas Becket. It never grew to any great size, and was closed by Cardinal Wolsey under a licence to suppress monasteries of fewer than seven inmates. It was one of the first to be demolished in the subsequent Dissolution of the Monasteries. The area of Abbey Wood derives its name from it. Our photograph is from an information board at the site, and shows what the abbey might have looked like before its destruction.

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