Bedford Abbey

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Bedford Abbey
Monastery information
OrderBenedictine/Augustinian
DioceseDiocese of Lincoln
Site
LocationBedford, Bedfordshire, England
Coordinates52°08′07″N 0°28′03″W / 52.1354°N 0.4674°W / 52.1354; -0.4674Coordinates: 52°08′07″N 0°28′03″W / 52.1354°N 0.4674°W / 52.1354; -0.4674

Bedford Abbey was a short-lived Benedictine monastery, recorded in 10th century England. Bedford Priory, perhaps representing the same institution two centuries later, was an Augustinian priory that within two decades of its foundation moved to nearby Newnham.

Bedford Abbey existed in the 10th-century, staffed with Benedictine monks when Oscytel, Archbishop of York, died in 971.[1][2] The archbishop was buried in the abbey, after his body was taken there by its abbot, Thurcytel (who later moved to Crowland Abbey).[3] Thurcytel is the only known abbot of the monastery.[4] Its history after this is obscure, and may have evolved into St Pauls, which became an Augustinian priory c. 1166.[5] Around 1180, the priory moved to Newnham (see Newnham Priory).[6]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 360190". PastScape. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ Knowles and Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses, p. 30; Knowles, Brooke and London, Heads of Religious Houses, vol. i, p. 147
  3. ^ Knowles and Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses, p. 30; Knowles, Brooke and London, Heads of Religious Houses, vol. i, pp. 147, 420
  4. ^ Knowles, Brooke and London, Heads of Religious Houses, vol. i, p. 30
  5. ^ Knowles, Brooke and London, Heads of Religious Houses, vol. i, p. 30, n. 1; Knowles and Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses, pp. 147, 420
  6. ^ Knowles and Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses, p. 147

References[edit]

  • Knowles, David; Brooke, C. N. L.; London, C. M, eds. (2001), The Heads of Religious Houses : England and Wales. 1, 940–1216 (2nd ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-80452-3
  • Knowles, David; Hadcock, R. Neville, eds. (1971), Medieval Religious Houses in England and Wales (2nd ed.), London: Longman, ISBN 0-582-11230-3