Robertsbridge Abbey

Robertsbridge Abbey was a Cistercian abbey in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, England. It was founded in 1176 by Alured and Alicia de St Martin.

Robertsbridge Abbey
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50°59′26″N 0°29′27″E / 50.990587°N 0.490791°E / 50.990587; 0.490791 (Robertsbridge Abbey)Coordinates: 50°59′26″N 0°29′27″E / 50.990587°N 0.490791°E / 50.990587; 0.490791 (Robertsbridge Abbey)
LocationRobertsbridge, East Sussex, England
Heritage designationgrade I listed building

Due to its position, the Abbey lands suffered continually from the effects of the sea and it was never rich or prominent. The abbey was eventually forcibly surrendered in 1538 by the abbot Thomas Taylor, and dissolved as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. There were then eight monks. The property afterwards passed to Sir William Sydney.[1]

The main surviving part of the Abbey is the Abbot's house, built circa 1250, formerly a farmhouse but now part of a private residence. The building is mainly of stone rubble with some red brick and brick buttresses at the back, weather-boarded at the gable end with a steeply-pitched tiled roof. Beneath the building is a crypt. The house is a grade I listed building.[2]

In the garden of the house are the ruins of a rectangular building of stone rubble which was part of the Frater which are separately grade II* listed.[3]

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  1. ^ "A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 2". British History Online. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  2. ^ Historic England. "THE ABBEY (1221354)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  3. ^ Historic England. "ABBEY RUINS (1274121)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 November 2014.

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