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Leiston Abbey (1)

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West end of Abbey Church West end of Abbey Church

The history of Leiston Abbey dates back to the 14th century when it was first built and occupied by a group of Augustinian Canons, who saught to live away from the main-stream of medieval life. Their first Abbey had been built at nearby Minsmere in the 12th century. However this site was prone to frequent flooding and in 1360 they moved down the coast to Leiston. They took much of the building materials from the original site for re-use but a small fragment of the original Abbey buildings can still be seen in what is now the RSPB nature reserve at Minsmere.

The West end of the Abbey buildings The West end of the Abbey buildings

Abbey Church Abbey Church

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Artists impression of Abbey Church in 14th century Artists impression of Abbey Church in 14th century

It seems they lived an unremarkable life here as there is little mention of the Abbey until the suppresion of the monasteries in 1530.

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