Cormeilles Abbey

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Dovecote at the site of Cormeilles Abbey

Cormeilles Abbey (French: Abbaye Notre-Dame de Cormeilles) was a Benedictine monastery in Cormeilles, Normandy, in what is now the commune of Saint-Pierre-de-Cormeilles, Eure. The buildings are now almost completely destroyed.

Foundation[edit]

William FitzOsbern founded the abbey in around the year 1060, and endowed it richly with lands in England, after the Norman Conquest. He was buried there in 1071.[1] According to Ordericus Vitalis it was one of two religious foundations he established on his estates.[2]

Later history[edit]

The abbey had fallen into disrepair by the fifteenth century. After a series of partial reconstructions, it was suppressed in 1779.[3]

The buildings are now almost completely destroyed, apart from the manor farm, the precinct wall and a dovecote. A fragment of vaulting, possibly from a passageway in the cloister, survives in Chepstow Priory Church, displayed on the stump of its crossing tower.

Priories[edit]

Chepstow Priory was dependent on Cormeilles, Chepstow having been one of FitzOsbern's grants.[4][5] Newent Priory, at Newent in Gloucestershire, was a cell of Cormeilles, [6] as was another priory at Shirehampton.[7]

The place name Place de Cormeilles in the historic centre of Chepstow commemorates the association of the two places.

Notes[edit]

Coordinates: 49°14′15″N 0°23′5″E / 49.23750°N 0.38472°E / 49.23750; 0.38472