Eastbridge Chapel and Leiston Abbey - Suffolk :: Shared Description

Leiston Abbey is a well preserved site in north Suffolk. The site is used partly as a music school but the abbey is free to look around. It is under the care of English Heritage.

The first chapel was established in marshy ground 3 miles from here at Minsmere TM4765 : Eastbridge Chapel. The idea being that the religious site was far away from anywhere. It was founded by Sir Ranulf de Granville in 1182, the rich land owner was Lord Chief of Justice to King Henry II.
After nearly 200 years the site was abandoned, much of the stone was taken to Leiston. All that remains today is a small stone building on the hill, it conseals a WWII pillbox. Access is due to be provided in 2011 after recent stabilisation works.
Leiston was established in 1363 (or 1365 as some say) with a large church and adjoining cloisters. The abbey did well until Henry VIII abolished it in 1537 later passing onto Charles Brandon, 3rd Duke of Suffolk and brother-in-law to Henry VIII. The Abbey became a farm, the farmhouse being built into the ruins. Later, a Georgian front was added to the house, which was extended in the 1920s.

In 1928 the Abbey ruins and farm was bought by Ellen Wrightson for use as a religious retreat. When she died in 1946, she bequeathed the house, ruins, land and buildings to the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. It was purchased in 1977 by the Pro Corda Trust.
by Ashley Dace
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TM4464 : Leiston Abbey Church by Ashley Dace
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TM4464 : Leiston Abbey ruins by Christopher Hilton
TM4464 : Tudor Brick by Ashley Dace
TM4464 : Buildings on the east side of the cloister - Leiston Abbey, Suffolk  by Phil Champion
TM4765 : Eastbridge Chapel at the Minsmere nature reserve by Mat Fascione
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TM4464 : Leiston Abbey by Ashley Dace
TM4765 : Eastbridge Chapel by Ashley Dace
TM4464 : Farmhouse at Leiston Abbey by Ashley Dace
TM4464 : Ruins at Leiston Abbey by Roger Jones
TM4464 : Leiston Abbey - The Cloisters by Ashley Dace
TM4464 : Leiston Abbey by Ashley Dace
TM4464 : Leiston Abbey by Richard Croft
TM4765 : Eastbridge Chapel by Ashley Dace
TM4464 : Leiston Abbey by Ashley Dace
TM4464 : Panoramic view of Leiston Abbey, Suffolk by Phil Champion
TM4765 : Eastbridge chapel from the north-west by Christopher Hilton
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TM4464 : Leiston Abbey by Sandy Gerrard
TM4464 : Leiston Abbey by Mat Fascione
TM4464 : The Refectory - Leiston Abbey, Suffolk by Phil Champion
TM4464 : The Cloisters - Leiston Abbey by Ashley Dace
TM4464 : Filled in Window by Ashley Dace

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Created: Mon, 19 Jul 2010, Updated: Tue, 1 May 2012

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