TM3669 : The ruined Cistercian abbey in Sibton

taken 8 years ago, near to Sibton, Suffolk, Great Britain

The ruined Cistercian abbey in Sibton
The ruined Cistercian abbey in Sibton
South front of the refectory building.
Cistercian abbey in Sibton

Sibton Abbey, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, was founded in 1150 by William de Chesney, who died in 1174 and was sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk. It was one of three daughter-houses of Warden and was the only Cistercian abbey to be established in East Anglia. The abbey was colonised by the usual thirteen monks and numbers increased during the 13th century, at which time there was also a large number of lay-brothers. The abbey owned considerable areas of land scattered throughout south-east England and by the end of the 13th century Sibton held estates in Norfolk, on the borders of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, and in up to ten parishes in the city of Norwich. From the first half of the thirteenth century the abbey was also responsible for a hospital at the precinct gate which cared for the poor and the sick.

At the time of the Dissolution the net annual income of the house was valued at 250 and thus the abbey should not have fallen for another two years. However, it seems that the recently appointed abbot, William Flatbury, had been elevated to this position through the influence of the duke of Norfolk and with the involvement of Cromwell, for the purpose of bringing about a speedy surrender.

The house was afterwards sold to Thomas Howard, duke of Norfolk (d. 1554), which seems to reinforce his involvement. The site is located on the edge of a wooded area in the village of Sibton. The remains include parts of the refectory.

The land is privately owned and was accessed by kind permission of the owner. Please note that the abbey is not accessible to the public.

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Date Taken
Friday, 3 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 4 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Religious sites  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3639 6987 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.5669N 1:27.8247E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3638 6983
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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