England Travel

Shap Abbey

Only a few minutes from the campsite we’ve been to last month, was Shap Abbey. It’s managed by the English Heritage, it has free entry and free parking nearby. The abbey looks beautiful and the views are stunning. There aren’t a lot of information boards, but they are doing restoration works, so more boards might show up after this.

The abbey was founded in the 12th century by Thomas, a local baron. Shap Abbey was one of 32 religious houses in Britain belonging to the Premonstratensian order of canons. The tower dates from the 15th century. In mid 16th century, after the dissolution, the land was granted to the Governor of Carlisle. Part of the Abbey was used as a farm, but most of it was dismantled for materials.

01 Shap Abbey
This picture is taken from a nearby field where is livestock. Festus was with us, but the sheep didn’t seem too bothered by him, anyway he was on a lead, away from them.

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03 Shap Abbey
The tower needs restoration, as the crack in the middle is quite large.

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05 Shap Abbey
This is a stone coffin of one of the abbots that were buried in the chapter house. There are two more burials in the cloister. I was surprised by the size, it’s quite small.

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These are the base of the arches that would have divided the room in two.

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Near the tower there is a cellar. The tower is still standing at its maximum height. It must have been impressive for those living nearby, considering its remote location.

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09 Shap Abbey

It’s not big, but it’s lovely. It’s in a remote place with fields and livestock nearby, a box with refreshments with an honesty box, I already blogged about it in my post Weekend away in Cumbria.

3 Comment

  1. Free entry and free parking?! Now that’s awesome! I begrudge paying entry sometimes, especially when the price is so steep.

    It will be really interesting to see what it looks like after the restoration, I like to go back and visit places if I know they are being restored, it’s nice to see what they are doing with it.

    The Abbey near our home has been under restoration for a couple of years, but it’s slowly coming along and starting to look really awesome!

    ~ K

  2. I love Abbeys! There’s not much left of that one at all. In the one by me there’s quite a few coffins like that, it’s a bit creepy.

    Corinne x

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