Burton Abbey foundations

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Date:1900 - 1920 (c.)

Description:Lantern slide of foundations of Burton Abbey uncovered during roadworks around the Market Square in the early 20th century.

The Benedictine Abbey of Burton was founded before the year 1000 by Wulfric Spot, Anglo-Saxon Earl of Mercia. He probably chose this site as the shrine of St. Modwen was already here.

The Abbey was dissolved on 14 November 1539. Shortly afterwards, in 1541, the Abbey Church was re-established by the King as a college of canons, but was also dissolved in 1545.

The Abbey Church continued to be used as the parish church until it was demolished 1719-1726. It was replaced by the present church of St. Modwen, built between 1719 and 1728.

Today, some scant remains of the Abbey buildings are contained within the Abbey Inn and the Manor House.

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South East View of Burton Church and Manor House
South East View of Burton Church and Manor House

Lantern slide view of an engraving of St. Modwen's Church and the Manor House from ...

Chapter House doorway, Burton Abbey
Chapter House doorway, Burton Abbey

Lantern slide of Burton Abbey chapter house doorway, discovered in 1850. The ...

Remains of Burton Abbey
Remains of Burton Abbey

Lantern slide of remains of walls belonging to Burton Abbey. The Benedictine ...

Plan of  Burton Abbey
Plan of Burton Abbey

Lantern slide map of Burton Abbey drawn up around 1900. Although the Abbey was ...

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