‪Bayham Old Abbey‬

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Geoff H
‪Sissinghurst‬, UK4,355 مساهمة
‪Really magnificent‬
أكتوبر 2021
‪At the end of a long narrow lane, quite a distance from the main road, you come across a small car park (free to English Heritage members but £2 for non-members). Just a short distance from this car park, through a gate are the ruins of Bayham Old Abbey. The notice board at the entrance says that these ruins are "one of southern England's finest monastic ruins". This is not an idle boast; the ruins are really magnificent. There are no information boards giving the history, etc, only small wall signs with the name of the part of the abbey where you happen to be standing. Equally, there are no fences preventing access so you are free to wander all over the ruins and appreciate their beauty. Benches are available so you sit when you want. One remarkable sight is a tree growing out of a wall; very 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'. There is also a poignant sight; a memorial tablet to the two infant sons of the Marquis and Marchioness of Camden. Both sons died on the day they were born.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 10 أكتوبر 2021
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Nonsuch-Delight
لندن, UK124 مساهمة
‪We had the whole place to ourselves‬
زوجان • أغسطس 2021
‪A beautiful building to cycle to.

Once we got there, we were pleased to discover we had the whole building to ourselves to explore. I love all it’s hidden nooks and crannies. Excellent for a family game of hide and seek!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 30 أغسطس 2021
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Dave2707
‪Ramsgate‬, UK25 مساهمة
‪Wonderful Gem‬
بمفردك • سبتمبر 2020
‪Amazing place to visit . So atmospheric. One of the best preserved abbeys in the South East rivalling Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. I purchased the EH guide before visiting which helped understand the site. Such a shame there are no facilities there. Was a beautiful day and very few visitors maybe put off as the sign before the road entrance said only open Thursday to Sunday but this was a Tuesday and it was open . The EH website said open every day except Mondays so a little confusing. However the site is still well maintained. The magnificent beech tree growing up though the ruins close to the high altar needs to be seen to be believed and well deserved to be nominated for the Woodlands Trust tree of the year 2020. A great place for a picnic. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 22 سبتمبر 2020
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Terry L
أشفورد, UK102 مساهمة
‪Excellent find ‬
الأصدقاء • سبتمبر 2020
‪The ruins are splendid! Very atmospheric to walk around and almost unlimited photo-opportunities. Two things would make it one of the best places I’ve visited:
A few information plaques would bring it to life.
There is no disabled access. It wouldn’t take much to cut a path through the long grass to make it wheelchair possible.
Come on English Heritage, this gem needs to be available to all‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 سبتمبر 2020
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Steven_WLG
لندن, UK40 مساهمة
‪Lovely‬
العائلة • أغسطس 2020
‪Bayham Old Abbey is a lovely place to visit. Youve got to really know it's there however. The tree growing out of the wall behind the main altar is a nice touch.

Like with many English Heritage signage is an issue and they could do a lot more assist with interpretation. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 1 سبتمبر 2020
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450frances21
أوكلاند الوسطى, نيوزيلندا23 مساهمة
‪Pleasant for an outing‬
يوليو 2020
‪Lovely site - large and remote. Worth a visit. But no real information - signage round the abbey just related to function of the room (e.g. orangery). It's worth more being spent on making it a more attractive visitor site. But if you're in the area definitely visit. We combined it with a visit to Bewl Water.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 17 يوليو 2020
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Ian C
لندن, UK23,970 مساهمة
‪Hidden away, but worth finding‬
يونيو 2020
‪Unless you knew it was there, you probably wouldn't know to look for it, but the effort is worth it.

Down a long lane, you arrive at a car park which is free to English Heritage members and a modest £2 to others and then through a gate you discover the old ruins of the abbey (open Thursday to Sunday, March to October), with free admission.

While there are plaques telling you which part of the abbey you are in, there are no plaques telling you the history, so it is worth reading up beforehand.

The site on which Bayham Abbey was established near Lamberhurst was chosen for its seclusion, something that Premonstratensian canons generally preferred for their monasteries, and also for an available water supply from the River Teise. By a quirk of fate it also straddles the boundary between Kent and Sussex.

The religious order of the Premonstratensians was founded in Prémontré near Laon in 1120 by Norbert of Xanten, who later became Archbishop of Magdeburg. They first came to Britain around 1143, establishing houses in places such as Dryburgh Abbey, Whithorn Priory, Dercongal Abbey and Tongland Abbey all in the Borders area of Scotland, as well as Fearn Abbey near Tain in the north of Scotland. The order still exists, with houses across the world including the USA, India, Brazil and Australia, and one small priory in Chelmsford in England.

Bayham was established around 1207 and prospered until Cardinal Wolsey suppressed the abbey in 1525 to obtain funds for two of his new colleges and, on the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, it came under Henry VIII’s control in 1538 who leased it to Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, who was one of the lords who tried Mary Queen of Scots for treason. After various changes in ownership, Bayham was sold to the judge and politician Sir John Pratt in 1714 and the abbey and remained in the family ownership until 1961 when it was donated to English Heritage.

The family built a new home in the 18th century – Bayham Old Abbey House – adjacent to the Abbey and the grounds were landscaped by Humphry Repton who included the ruins of the abbey as a picturesque feature in the landscape and then in 1872 they built a new house – Bayham Abbey House - high up on the hill on the other side of the river.

While ruined, it is still possible to make out the plan of the abbey and appreciate the quality of its decoration. There are thought to be two gatehouses – ruins of one on the Kent side still exist; remnants of the one on the Sussex side have yet to be discovered.

A remarkable discovery hidden in the countryside.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 21 يونيو 2020
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Ruth M
London53 مساهمة
‪A pleasant short visit‬
أغسطس 2019
‪Bayham Old Abbey, founded in the 13th century, is described as one of southern England's finest monastic ruins. This is undoubtedly true but it must be said that there are much impressive ruined abbeys in the north of England, notably in Yorkshire. Nonetheless, we found our visit worthwhile and appreciated the fact that English Heritage keeps it open and maintained without charging for entry.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 4 سبتمبر 2019
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HelenP
إلفورد, UK138 مساهمة
‪Glad we made the detour‬
أغسطس 2019
‪Definitely worth searching out and visiting. We hadn't planned a visit but read about it by chance so decided to visit as we were not too far from it. So glad we did! Very few people there so it was lovely and peaceful.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 28 أغسطس 2019
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JN1230
‪Westcliff-on-Sea‬, UK103 مساهمات
‪Fountains Abbey in the South!?‬
الأصدقاء • أغسطس 2019
‪If you are interested in monastic history and cannot get to the great Abbey ruins in the north of the country eg Fountains this site will not disappoint. Fountains is most certainly grander but Bayham is extensive and relatively visible and has the benefit of being peaceful.
The challenge is to find it. It belongs to English Heritage. The address is correct but does not pin point the site. To make matters worse even though there are brown and white signs two miles away they run out until you are right on top of it and even then the sign measures no more than a foot square.
In addition information about the Abbey is sadly lacking, reduced to a bare minimum but don’t let these two issues put you off.
It is free of charge with a small car park and no facilities. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 27 أغسطس 2019
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