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Wellow Abbey was an abbey in Lincolnshire, England. It was founded about 1110 by Henry I of England,[1] as a house of Austin canons. The date of foundation is not known precisely. It was also known as Grimsby Abbey.[2]

The last abbot was Robert Whitgift, uncle of John Whitgift. The Abbey was dissolved in 1536, and he was given a pension.[3]

The abbey was built on a hill, and its grounds covered around ten acres, surrounded by a wall and ditch.[4] Buildings included a grange for the abbot and a kitchen, which was built above a spring that also supplied water to a mill at the base of the hill.[4] At dissolution, its possessions included more than seven hundred acres of land.[4]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1848). "Grewell - Grimston, North". A Topographical Dictionary of England. British History Online. pp. 340–343. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  2. ^ Page, William (1906). "Houses of Austin canons: The abbey of Grimsby or Wellow". A History of the County of Lincoln. Victoria County History. 2. British History Online. pp. 161–163. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  3. ^ Powel Mills Dawley, John Whitgift and the English Reformation (1955), p. 25.
  4. ^ a b c George Shaw (21 October 2008). Old Grimsby. pp. 45–46. ISBN 978-1-4092-3671-9.