SU8083 : Medmenham Abbey

taken 10 months ago, near to Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Medmenham Abbey
Medmenham Abbey
A Cistercian abbey was founded in Medmenham in the 12th century under the ownership of Woburn Abbey, though it was not officially recognised by royal charter until 1200. In 1547, with the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey was seized and given to the Moore family and then sold privately to the Duffields. The abbey then became infamous as the location of The Hellfire Club, formerly called the Monks of Medmenham.

In 1755, when Sir Francis Dashwood acquired the ruins of the ancient abbey from the Duffield family, he and John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich attended a service at St. Peter's parish church in Medmenham where Sandwich released a small monkey in the church. The congregation fled in horror, sure that Satan himself had invaded their place of worship.

Today the abbey is a private residence and is not open to the public.
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SU8083, 40 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 17 January, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 18 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Housing, Dwellings 
Primary Subject of Photo
Historic Building 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8064 8380 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.8405N 0:50.3075W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8071 8371
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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