ST6601 : Cerne Abbey

taken 14 years ago, near to Cerne Abbas, Dorset, Great Britain

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Cerne Abbey
Cerne Abbey
In 987 AD a great Benedictine Abbey was founded in Cerne Abbas and for more than 500 years dominated the life of the town which grew up around it. The Abbey farmed its own lands and was landlord of its inhabitants, duly collecting their tithes. In 1539 the Abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII with the dissolution of the monasteries and by 1617 a survey found the Abbey ‘wholly ruinated’ and the town ‘most disorderly governed’. Nothing remains of the Abbey today except the gatehouse. In the field beyond the graveyard the many bumps in the ground indicate where the ruins still lie, and all around the village pieces of the abbey can be found in people’s gardens.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 3 March, 2007   (more nearby)
Saturday, 3 March, 2007
Religious buildings > Abbey   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 665 015 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:48.7354N 2:28.5601W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 665 014
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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