TQ4778 : The church at Lesnes Abbey

taken 6 years ago, near to Belvedere, Bexley, Great Britain

The church at Lesnes Abbey
The church at Lesnes Abbey
Lesnes Abbey was founded by Richard de Luci, Chief Justiciar of England, in 1178. This may have been in penance for the murder of Thomas Becket, in which he was involved. In 1179, de Luci resigned his office and retired to the Abbey, where he died three months later. He was buried in the chapter house. In a nearby chapel is the burial place of the heart of his great great grand-daughter, Roesia of Dover - see LinkExternal link The monks of Lesnes Abbey took a leading part in draining the marshland to the north, but this and the cost of maintaining river embankments led to chronic financial difficulties for the Abbey. It never became a large community, and was closed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525, under a licence to suppress monasteries of less than seven inmates. The ruins were excavated in 1910 and now, backed by Lesnes Abbey Woods, provide an enormous contrast to Thamesmead which was built to the north on those same marshes which caused the ultimate failure of Lesnes Abbey. This view takes in the full length of the Abbey church looking towards the west entrance. The Abbey is on the route of the Green Chain Walk.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 November, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 28 November, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4788 7877 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.3129N 0:7.7140E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4794 7876
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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