Faversham Abbey

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The ruins of Faversham Abbey in 1722.

Faversham Abbey was a Cluniac style monastery[1] immediately to the north-east of the town of Faversham, in Kent, England.

It was founded by King Stephen and his wife Matilda of Boulogne in 1148.[2] A party of monks from Bermondsey Abbey provided the nucleus and the first abbot.

At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Sir Thomas Cheney assigned the abbey to Thomas Arden and it was considerably destroyed in 1538. Thereafter the site of the abbey came into the possession of the Sondes family[3] and now lies within the grounds of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School.

The Abbey was the burial place of King Stephen, Queen Matilda, and their eldest son, Eustace IV of Boulogne. Their bones were reportedly thrown into the nearby Faversham Creek when the abbey was demolished. Their empty tombs were unearthed in 1964 near what had been the centre of the choir. However, there is a canopy tomb with no contemporary inscription in the nearby Parish Church, where it is said that their bones were re-interred.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faversham Abbey". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18 February 2007.
  2. ^ "Faversham Abbey". Faversham.org. Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2007.
  3. ^ https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ynAzAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA571&dq#v=onepage&q&f=false

Coordinates: 51°19′00″N 0°53′45″E / 51.31667°N 0.89583°E / 51.31667; 0.89583