Egglestone Abbey, England
Video clip of Egglestone Abbey
This evening, I am focusing on Egglestone Abbey in northern England. This is a ruined Premonstratensian abbey which existed between 1195 and its dissolution in 1540.
Location is about forty miles SW of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The name Egglestone may originate from Old English and mean ‘farmstead of a man called Ecgel’.
Key facts concerning Egglestone Abbey:
- Located on a bleak and exposed hill close to a bend in the River
Tees. This is on the border between Yorkshire and Count Durham and just 1.5 miles from Barnard Castle.
- The location may have been influenced by proximity to the river and a source of building stone.
- Premonstratensians were occupied with pastoral work in the community (relief for the poor) and later became known as the ‘White Canons’.
- The ruined church contains unusual carved mouldings around pointed lancet windows. There is also an elaborate toilet drainage system.
- Post Reformation the site was used as a private residence and later a quarry.
The abbey is managed by English Heritage and open to the public.
Another visitor attraction nearby is Raby Castle.