Abbey Green, Staffordshire

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Abbey Green
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The road through the village
Abbey Green is located in Staffordshire
Abbey Green
Abbey Green
 Abbey Green shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SJ979578
District Staffordshire Moorlands
Shire county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Leek
Postcode district ST13
Dialling code 01538
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Staffordshire Moorlands
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Coordinates: 53°07′09″N 2°01′56″W / 53.1192°N 2.0321°W / 53.1192; -2.0321

Abbey Green is a village near Leek in the English county of Staffordshire.

The village is close to the site of Dieulacres Abbey. The abbey was founded in 1214 by Ranulph de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester for Cistercian monks, who moved from Poulton, Cheshire because of attacks from the Welsh. The Earl gave the monks the manor of nearby Leek, where a Wednesday market had recently been established. The abbey remained in existence until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when it was surrendered in 1538.[1]

There are some scanty remains of the abbey, which are Grade II listed. Much of the material was used for the building erected on the site.[2]

The building on the site of the abbey, built by 1614, was the home of Thomas Rudyard, lord of the manor of Leek, and later of his descendants. It was once known as Abbey Dieulacres, and later as Dieulacres Abbey Farm. It is now known as Abbey Farm.[3]

The Abbey Inn, a feature of the village, is a Grade II* listed building and is dated 1702.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Abbey of Dieulacres A History of the County of Stafford Volume 3 (Victoria County History), accessed 22 July 2014.
  2. ^ Dieu-La-Cres Abbey Ruins, Leek British Listed Buildings, accessed 27 July 2014.
  3. ^ Abbey Farm, Abbey Green, Leekfrith Staffordshire Past-track, accessed 21 July 2014.
  4. ^ Abbey Inn, Leek British Listed Buildings, accessed 21 July 2014.