Lee Abbey

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Lee Abbey in 2006

Lee Abbey, founded in 1946, is an ecumenical Christian community[1] between Woody Bay and Lynmouth in Devon, England.[2] It is a Grade II listed building.[3]

The first building on the site may have been a farmhouse built by Cistercian abbots of Forde Abbey around 1200. The current Gothic buildings are from the 1850s. In the 1920s it was bought and used unsuccessfully as a hotel. During World War II a boys' school was evacuated to Lee Abbey. After the war the dilapidated buildings were bought for use as a Christian retreat and extensive building work took place in the 1950s.[4]

The site now offers retreats, group weekends and Christian family holidays.[5] The community also offers accommodation in London.[6]


  1. ^ "Perfect holidays on offer up and down England | Church of England Newspaper". churchnewspaper.com. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  2. ^ "History of the buildings - Lee Abbey Devon". leeabbey.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Lee Abbey". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "History of the Buildings". Lee Abbey. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Christian retreats, holidays and conferences". Lee Abbey. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "History". Lee Abbey London. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°13′40″N 3°51′59″W / 51.2278°N 3.8663°W / 51.2278; -3.8663