Sawley Abbey

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Sawley Abbey
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Sawley Abbey
LocationSawley, Lancashire
Coordinates53°54′48″N 2°20′30″W / 53.9134°N 2.3418°W / 53.9134; -2.3418Coordinates: 53°54′48″N 2°20′30″W / 53.9134°N 2.3418°W / 53.9134; -2.3418
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Sawley Abbey Ruins
Designated16 November 1954
Official name: Sawley Cistercian abbey and associated earthworks
Designated8 February 1915
Sawley Abbey is located in the Borough of Ribble Valley
Sawley Abbey
Location of Sawley Abbey in the Borough of Ribble Valley
Sawley Abbey is located in the Forest of Bowland
Sawley Abbey
Sawley Abbey (the Forest of Bowland)

Sawley Abbey was an abbey of Cistercian monks in the village of Sawley, Lancashire, in England (and historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire). Created as a daughter-house of Newminster Abbey, it existed from 1149 until its dissolution in 1536, during the reign of King Henry VIII. A monk here, William de Remmyngton went on to become Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1372-3. The last two abbots of Sawley were both put to death. Thomas Bolton was executed as a consequence of his resistance to the dissolution[1][2] and William Trafford, the last Abbot, was executed in Lancaster on 10 March 1537 alongside John Paslew, the last Abbot of Whalley Abbey, for alleged involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace.[3]

The ruins of Sawley Abbey, which are now controlled by English Heritage, are open to the public. Although not an extensive ruin, there are boards on the site that give information regarding the history of the abbey and its former inhabitants. Today, parts of the church and refectory can still be seen.

The abbey is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.[4]

In March 2009, Sawley Abbey was featured in the first episode of series 3 of the TV series The Tudors.

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  2. ^ Knowles, David; Knowles, Dom David (27 September 1979). The Religious Orders in England. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521295680.
  3. ^ "Houses of Cistercian monks: Sawley | British History Online". Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  4. ^ Historic England (2007). "Sawley Abbey (1072099)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 September 2008.

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