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Did You Know About Farnham's Waverley Abbey?

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Did You Know About Farnham's Waverley Abbey?

Published at 4:50pm 27th July 2017. (Updated at 12:25pm 27th November 2018)

Waverley Abbey was founded in 1128. The first monks who lived there were from Normandy in France.

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The ruins you can see today date back to the 13th Century when the abbey had to be restored after flooding. The site was excavated between 1890 and 1903, and the ruins restored in 1966.

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After the dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey was mostly demolished but the stone reused in local buildings including at Loseley ParkThe stone was also used in the building of Waverley Abbey House which was built in 1723 by Sir John Aislabie, former Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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In the 19th century, the house was owned by George Nicholson, the uncle of Florence Nightingale

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The abbey's ruins have been used as a location in popular films and TV dramas. Including: Into the Woods, 28 Days Later, Hot Fuzz and The Huntsman.

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During the First World War, the house was the first country house to be converted into a military hospital. It treated over 5,000 soldiers.

The ruins of the original abbey are managed by English Heritage and open to the public. So next time you're in the area, why not have a look!


Thank you to abbott.t on Instagram for the cover photo.