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Taking in the history of Beauchief Abbey

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Meg recently revisited Beauchief Abbey, to see again this important building in the history of what is now South Sheffield. Established as an Abbey it is now used as a church every Sunday, and stages various events during the year.

 

Meg said

 

“The Abbey is an important part of the history of what is now South Sheffield. It has changed greatly over time, but is still interesting to visit. I hope that the congregation continues to flourish, and would like to acknowledge all the hard work put in by the volunteering Clergy, as well as the committee who run the church.”

 

Established around 1176 the Abbey was the base of the ‘White Canons’ monastic order. It had the full range of monastic buildings, including the Abbey church, cloisters, chapter house, dormitory and refectory. A stream provided water to the Abbey and to fish ponds.

 

It was an industrial as well as a religious centre. Farming on the Beauchief estate and on outlying manors was important. The monastery also controlled iron smelting, mineral extraction, woodland industries and mills on the River Sheaf.

 

The Abbey was dissolved in 1537 and today only the western tower of the Abbey remains attached to the church built in the 17th century, but what remains is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The foundations of other buildings are visible and the medieval fishponds still exist.

 

For further information ring Pamela on 0114 235 3263 or Richard Parry on 0114 250 8348. 

 

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Pamela Hodgson and Diana Holland.

Meg with Pamela Hodgson and Diana Holland.


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