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Keynsham Abbey
Keynsham abbey.jpg
The remains of the Abbey
Monastery information
Full Name The house of the Canons of the Order of St. Austin and St. Victor
Order Augustinian
Established c. 1170
Disestablished 1539
Founder William, Earl of Gloucester
Location Keynsham, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°24′48″N 2°29′48″W / 51.4134°N 2.4968°W / 51.4134; -2.4968Coordinates: 51°24′48″N 2°29′48″W / 51.4134°N 2.4968°W / 51.4134; -2.4968

Keynsham Abbey in Keynsham, Somerset, England was founded by William, Earl of Gloucester for the Augustinian Canons Regular around 1170 and survived until 1539.[1]

After the dissolution in 1539, when the abbey and its possessions were surrendered to Henry VIII, the site was occupied by a house built by the Bridges family. In 1559 Thomas Bridges bequeathed stone from the late Abbey Church for the repair of the Bridge and causeway over the nearby River Avon.[2] The house built by the Bridges family was demolished in 1776.

The arms of the abbey included six golden clarions or trumpets on a red ground, from the de Clares, Earls of Gloucester.[3]

The site was excavated during the building of the Keynsham bypass in the 1960s. Amongst the finds was a fipple flute, a type of early recorder.[4]

The remains have been designated as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ "'Houses of Augustinian canons: The abbey of Keynsham',". Victoria County History. British History Online. 1911. pp. 129–132. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  2. ^ "Keynsham". Bitton families. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  3. ^ "Keynsham Urban District Council". Civic heraldry of England and Wales. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  4. ^ Barrett, J.H. (1969). "A Fipple Flute or Pipe from the Site of Keynsham Abbey". The Galpin Society Journal 22: 47–50. doi:10.2307/841627.  
  5. ^ "Keynsham Abbey pier base in the garden of No.3". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  
  6. ^ "Keynsham Abbey, remains to the south of No.3". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-07-19.  

Further reading

  • Lowe, Barbara J. (2006). Keynsham Abbey - a Cartulary. Trafford Publishing.  
  • Lowe, Barbara J. (1992). Keynsham Abbey Excavations 1961-1991. Final Report Part I The Architecture of Keynsham Abbey. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society.  
  • Lowe, Barbara J. (1978). Medieval Floor Tiles of Keynsham Abbey.  


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