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History of the Abbey

Very little is reported of life at Langley Abbey until 1475, when Bishop Redman was appointed Commisary-General of the Premonstratensian Order in England, which meant that he was responsible for the 29 larger English houses. Sadly, in those days, Langley Abbey had a poor reputation for being disorderly!

 

The 1500’s were obviously a seminal period for the Abbey and Langley Abbey’s dissolution took place in 1536, which meant that its assets were seized. Twelves years later, when it was acquired by John Berney, Esq, it is believed the site was primarily seen as a quarry for stone and a reclamation yard for other materials and reports from the time suggest that the destruction of the church was very thorough.

 

Little else is known about Langley Abbey until proper excavations began in 1921. The vaulted former Cellarium is still standing and there are remains of the church, barn and fishponds. The western range has recently been restored and now houses a full-scale model of the original monastic layout plus interpretation boards telling the fascinating story from foundation to dissolution.

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