Saturday, 26 January 2013

Saturday lecture - 'The Medieval Cistercian Abbey at Stanley and its Impact on the Region'

Saturday 9 February, 2.30pm, by Dr Graham Brown.

Nothing today survives of Stanley Abbey (near Chippenham) but this talk will explain more about the Abbey, the Cistercians and their methods of managing their lands.

The monastery was founded in 1151 in the royal forest of Chippenham and suppressed by Henry VIII’s commissioners nearly 400 years later in 1536. During this time the Abbey was influential in transforming the landscape, in some cases by clearing land, draining marshland and cultivating it, while in other cases they adopted an already exploited landscape and adapted it for their own needs. Stanley Abbey was a Cistercian monastery and the monks were distinctive in their ideals and their methods of managing their lands. Nothing survives today of the Abbey apart from some earthworks marking the position of the church and some conventual buildings. The monks acquired extensive tracts of land in Wiltshire.

Before retiring in 2010, Dr Graham Brown was a Field Archaeologist with English Heritage for eighteen years. He previously served in the Army for 29 years. He is co-author of a book on The Field Archaeology of Salisbury Plain Training Area (2002) and co-editor of The Avebury Landscape (2005), and has written several papers that have been published in the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine. He was awarded a PhD for his research on Stanley Abbey.


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