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Sawley Abbey Ruins, Sawley

Description: Sawley Abbey Ruins

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 183470

OS Grid Reference: SD7765846410
OS Grid Coordinates: 377658, 446410
Latitude/Longitude: 53.9134, -2.3416

Location: Sawley Road, Sawley, Lancashire BB7 4LE

Locality: Sawley
Local Authority: Ribble Valley Borough Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: BB7 4LE

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There is also a scheduled monument, Sawley Cistercian Abbey and Associated Earthworks, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text


SD 776 464

3/151 Sawley Abbey Ruins

Cistercian Abbey, founded 1147, dissolved 1536. Now ruinous. Rubble with
some sandstone dressings remaining. The walls of the transepts, with
3 square east chapels on each side, and of the very small nave (possibly
shortened in the early C16th), survive to various heights, the maximum
approximately 10 metres. Only the lower courses of the chancel, widened
and lengthened in the early C16th by adding aisles, remain. Only
foundation or low walls of the conventual buildings survive. These
include the chapter house, undercroft of the dorter, the rere-dorter, and,
on the south side, the frater. On the west side of the cloister were the
dorter and frater of the lay bretheren, later converted in part into
Abbot's lodgings. At the north end of the west range is a fireplace
with segmental arch and bread oven, possibly post-reformation. Scheduled
Ancient Monument. Harland, J. Historical Account of the Cistercian Abbey
of Sawley, 1853.

Listing NGR: SD7766146433

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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