Posts Tagged ‘abbey’

Massive Medieval Tannery Identified at Spectacular Fountains Abbey

The original purpose of a mysterious patch of land beside England’s Fountains Abbey has finally been deciphered. Experts have concluded that it’s the largest and best-preserved tannery ever discovered at a medieval abbey in Britain. Unearthing the Source of Income at Fountains Abbey Founded in 1132 AD, Fountains Abbey was built near the River Skell […]

Bury-St-Edmunds Abbey: Shrine of the King, Cradle of the Law

If you’ve never visited the Suffolk region of southern England, you may not have heard the name of Bury-St-Edmunds. But this small medieval town is home to one of the most important and powerful monasteries of the Middle Ages. The Abbey compound is now in ruins, and aside from two rather impressive gatehouses little of […]

Henry III’s Rediscovered Westminster Abbey Sacristy Opens to Tourists

The long-lost Great Sacristy of Henry III, built nearly eight centuries ago and rediscovered in 2020, will be open to the public for the first time this summer. The 13th century king ordered this sacred building be constructed for use by Benedictine monks, who would be assigned to his then under-construction Westminster Abbey church in […]

Subterranean Discovery: Medieval Welsh Abbey Tunnel from Norman Invasion Period

Archaeologists announced the discovery of a 12th-century tunnel network, this time, beneath an abbey in Wales. And this Welsh abbey tunnel is so long that that archaeologists project that it will take many years for them to get to the end of this now emerging medieval subterranean find.  The Norman invasion of Wales opened the […]

Reading Abbey: Ruins Are A Reminder of Medieval Religious Strife

Reading Abbey was erected in 1121 in the town of Reading within in the county of Berkshire, England. It was a royal monastery established by King Henry I to pay homage to his ancestors and his successors and would serve as a burial site for Henry himself in 1136, thus making it a royal mausoleum. […]

Reading Abbey: Ruined Are A Reminder of Medieval Religious Strife

Reading Abbey was erected in 1121 in the town of Reading within in the county of Berkshire, England. It was a royal monastery established by King Henry I to pay homage to his ancestors and his successors and would serve as a burial site for Henry himself in 1136, thus making it a royal mausoleum. […]

King Edward II’s Stone Head Unearthed at British Abbey

An excavation at a medieval Abbey in Britain has uncovered a treasure trove of finds. These include the personal effects of nuns and examples of religious art. But the most surprising artifact among the discoveries is a mysterious stone head. An examination of the object suggests that it may represent the face of the tragic […]

Hundreds of Skeletons Uncovered During Westminster Abbey Excavation

The decomposed body parts of hundreds of medieval monks have been uncovered on the grounds of Westminster Abbey in London, during the excavation of the long-lost Great Sacristy of Westminster Abbey built by Henry III. Usually located inside churches or within an annex, a sacristy is a room used by monks for storing church vestments, sacred […]

ACH (1264) Dr. Peter Hammond – The Real Story Behind Downton Abbey And What It Teaches Us About The Crisis We Face Today

ACH (1264) Dr. Peter Hammond – The Real Story Behind Downton Abbey And What It Teaches Us About The Crisis We Face TodayTHE ACH SHOW In today’s show originally broadcast on May 28 2020, Andy interviews Dr. Peter Hammond, for a show entitled, “The Real Story Behind Downton Abbey And What It Teaches Us About […]

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