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Description: Ruins of Lesnes Abbey
Date Listed: 20 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 198632
OS Grid Reference: TQ4792578765
OS Grid Coordinates: 547925, 178765
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4885, 0.1292
TQ 47 NE 2/1 20.5.55. Ruins of Lesnes Abbey
The Abbey of St Mary and St Thomas the Martyr was founded by Richard de Lucy,
Chief Justiciar of England, for Augustinian Canons in 1178. It was suppressed
by Cardinal Wolsey in 1524. The mansion into which the building was subsequently
converted was demolished in 1844. The ruins were excavated by the Woolwich
Antiquarian Society in 1909, and up to 1930 by Sir Alfred Clapham; to 1939-51
by E C Elliston Erwood for the London County Council who then owned them.
Ruins consist of the footings of walls and in some places portions of wall
up to approximately 8 feet high, of Kentish ragstone, flint and chalk, and
consist of the remains of the abbey church and the monastic buildings to the
north. There is one pointed stone doorway and several lancet windows. Scheduled
as an Ancient monument.
Listing NGR: TQ4792578765
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Source: English Heritage
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