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Leominster Abbey


Leominster abbey was an Anglo-Saxon monastery established at Leominster in the county of Hereford, England. The name of the town refers to its minster, a settlement of clergy living a communal life.

The monastery, perhaps founded in the seventh century, was originally a male house. After being destroyed by Danes, it was rebuilt as a Benedictine abbey for nuns (see Leominster nunnery). In 1046 the abbess, Eadgifu, was abducted by Sweyn Godwinson.[1] Eadgifu is only abbess known by name.[1] The convent was probably dissolved or suppressed not long after this incident.

Leominster priory

In the 12th century Henry I incorporated land at Leominster into the foundation of Reading Abbey.[2] Reading Abbey in turn founded a Benedictine Whether the priory was built on the site of the original Anglo-Saxon monastery is not clear. However, archaeological evidence of Saxon activity has been uncovered at the priory.

References

Further reading

  • Kemp, B. R. "The Foundation of Reading Abbey" English Historical Review 1968 p. 505 and following

External links

  • Leominster Priory (official website)

Coordinates: 52°13′44″N 2°44′06″W / 52.229°N 2.735°W / 52.229; -2.735


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