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Ruins of Lesnes Abbey

A Grade II Listed Building in Lesnes Abbey, London

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Latitude: 51.4885 / 51°29'18"N

Longitude: 0.1292 / 0°7'45"E

OS Eastings: 547925

OS Northings: 178765

OS Grid: TQ479787

Mapcode National: GBR R1.TH3

Mapcode Global: VHHNL.6V59

Entry Name: Ruins of Lesnes Abbey

Listing Date: 20 May 1953

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1359415

English Heritage Legacy ID: 198632

Location: Bexley, London, SE2

County: London

District: Bexley

Electoral Ward/Division: Lesnes Abbey

Built-Up Area: Bexley

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Belvedere St Augustine

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text

Abbey Wood
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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