Abbey of St. Peter in Oudenburg

The Abbey of St. Peter in Oudenburg was an abbey established in 1070 by Arnold of Soissons.

Ruins of the Abbey in Oudenburg.

Arnold founded the abbey at Oudenburg in West Flanders, Belgium. Arnold founded the abbey after he was removed from his position as Bishop of Soissons[1] and at the abbey Arnold began to brew beer to remove pathogens from the water and encouraged the locals to drink it.

In 1173 this abbey started to reclaim salt marshes (flooded land). This resulted in the creation of the Bamburg polder.[2]

In medieval times the pigeons in the town square belonged to the Abbey farm.

The abbey was demolished at the time of the French Revolution. On the 16 February 1797 the abbey and all properties were sold and the buildings were largely demolished. The last monk was Veremundus Norbertus Da (1770–1852) and the property became a farm.[3]

Site todayEdit

One tower from the abbey was not destroyed during the Revolution and during World War II the Germans made this tower a lookout.

In 1934 Steenbrugge Abbey got the naming rights from St. Peter's Abbey, and in 1989 the farm became a hotel. The town Roman Archeological Museum lies nearby the former abbey and displays some relics of the abbey in its collection.

Known abbotsEdit


  1. ^ The Diocese at Soissons had four bishops in three years at this time.
  2. ^ Kleine Bamburghoeve Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Anselm HOSTE, The History of St. Peter's Abbey in Oudenburg, Oudenburg, 1984.
  4. ^ Mary Stroll The Jewish Pope: Ideology and Politics in the Papal Schism of 1130 (BRILL, 1987) page 124.

Coordinates: 51°11′07″N 3°00′25″E / 51.18534°N 3.007°E / 51.18534; 3.007