Listed Building Grade II, Scheduled Ancient Monument
Newminster Abbey, NORTHUMBERLAND
- The ruins of a Cistercian monastery founded as a daughter house of Fountains Abbey. Of the abbey church, chapter house and cloister the only surviving elements are sections of walls, the arcaded cloister and arched entranceways. Large sections of the cloister wall have been re-erected, displaying both pointed and round arches and waterleaf capitals capping slender columns. Also restored is the round-arched doorway to the chapter house, in a similar style.
To the north of the cloister is the church, with fragmentary remains including parts of a large north window.
ABBEY, CHAPTER HOUSE, CISTERCIAN MONASTERY, CLOISTER
- Historical Background
- Newminster was the first daughter house of Fountains abbey, and became mother to Roche, Pipewell and Sawley Abbeys before its' dissolution in the mid 16th century.
- 1137 Foundation of abbey by Ranulph de Merlay.
de Merlay, Ranulph: Lord of Morpeth.
- 1138 Attack by Scots. Abbey burnt.
- 1180 Abbey rebuilt.
- 1537 Monastery dissolved.
King Henry VIII: Ordered the dissolution of all monasteries in England.
- 1963 Excavations revealed the layout of the abbey church.
- 1965 Excavations reveal the extent of the infirmary hall.
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Keys To The Past
- Northumberland SMR
- Pevsner, N., Richmond, I., Grundy, J., McCombie, G., Ryder, P. and Welfare, H. (2001) The Buildings of England: Northumberland. London, Penguin Books, p.518
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