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Louth Park Abbey (ruins), Keddington



Reference Name MLI43579

Name:
Louth Park Abbey (ruins), Keddington

Summary:
The ruins of a Cistercian Abbey founded, from Fountains Abbey, in 1137.

Location:
KEDDINGTON, EAST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
A Cistercian Abbey founded, from Fountains Abbey, in 1137 by Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln, first at Haversholm, near Sleaford, but moved to Louth in 1139. Water was brought to the site by an aqueduct, known as the monks' dyke, some two miles long. The only parts above ground are bits of two bays of the east end of the church, built of chalk rubble with facing (very little left) of sandstone or chalk. The rest of the site has never been built over or ploughed and considerable remains must exist below ground. {2}

The above ground ruins of an Abbey consisting of fragments of the north and south walls of the chancel of a cruciform church. The outline of the rest of church with a cloister, chapter house, undercroft, dormitories and kitchen to south are covered by grass. The ruins date from the late 12th century. For the full description and the legal address of this listed building please refer to the appropriate List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. {10}

The site was partially excavated in 1873. {4}

Sources:
1 Scheduling record: HBMC. AM 7. SAM 102
2 Scheduling record: HBMC. 1986. AM 107. -
3 Bibliographic reference: KNOWLES, D. AND HADCOCK, R.N.. 1953. MEDIEVAL RELIGIOUS HOUSES IN ENGLAND AND WALES. P111
4 Article in serial: 1873. Associated Architectural and Archaeological Societies’ Reports and Papers. VXII,P22-5
5 Bibliographic reference: Page, W. (editor). 1906. The Victoria County History. Lincolnshire volume II. V2,P138-141
6 Index: OS CARD INDEX. KEDDINGTON. TF 38 NE:2,1962, DA
7 Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. FV17-22; FO30-32,35,1951,
8 Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. CFI63,1978,
9 Unpublished document: City and County Museum. Louth Park Abbey. passim
10 Index: Department of the Environment. 1986. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 8/34

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