Polesworth Abbey

Polesworth Abbey was a Benedictine nunnery in Polesworth, North Warwickshire, England.

Polesworth Abbey
Abbey Church of St Editha, Polesworth
Polesworth Abbey
Coordinates: 52°37′7.77″N 1°36′44.02″W / 52.6188250°N 1.6122278°W / 52.6188250; -1.6122278
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Editha
Heritage designationGrade II* listed
DioceseAnglican Diocese of Birmingham


It was founded in the 9th century by St. Modwena and King Egbert. The first abbess was Edgytha (daughter of King Egbert, now St. Editha).

The site of the Abbey is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, although apart from the church and the gatehouse and the restored ruins of the cloister very little remains visible. The 12th-century Abbey church, now the parish church of St Editha, is a Grade II* listed building.[1] The 14th-century gatehouse is both a Grade II* listed building[2] and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It has recently been restored and renovated to provide apartments available for rent.

Parish churchEdit

Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, the Abbey was granted by Henry VIII to Francis Goodere of St Albans, Hertfordshire in 1544. Goodere dismantled many of the Abbey buildings to provide stone for a new manor house (Polesworth Hall) which he built on the site. Later Sir Henry Goodere was a patron of the arts and leader of the Polesworth Group of poets, which included his protégé Michael Drayton. Polesworth Hall was demolished before 1868 and the Vicarage was built on the site. The abbey now functions as the Church of England parish church of Polesworth.


The church contains a three manual pipe organ by Taylor of Leicester. It was originally installed in 1912 in St Michael & All Angels' Church, Leicester. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Historic England. "Church (Grade II*) (1252564)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Abbey gatehouse (Grade II*) (1262202)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  3. ^ "NPOR [R00640]". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 9 January 2015.

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