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As Jonathan is on Easter holidays, and money is a bit tight since Mark was made redundant, we thought instead of wasting money on theme parks and the like we would visit a few freebies and educate ourselves in the process.

A lot of British places of historical interest are owned either by The National Trust or English Heritage, Croxden Abbey was owned by the latter, it was free entry and there was lots to see and read about.

We had a nice day and packed a few sandwiches, and all for the price of a couple of gallons of fuel.





 

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French BullLambs!!!
 

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Thanks!!

See also:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/360/croxdenabbey/index.shtml

And, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Croxden Abbey was a Cistercian abbey at Croxden, Staffordshire, England.
In 1179, Bertram de Verdun, the lord of the manor of Croxden, endowed a site for a new abbey, and 12 monks arrived from the Savigniac Cistercian mother house of Aunay-sur-Odon in Normandy to build the new abbey over the next 50 years. It was known as the "Abbey of the Vale of St. Mary at Croxden". The monks made a living from breeding sheep. The Abbey was consecrated in 1253.
The abbey lasted for 350 years until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In September 1538, the abbot and the twelve remaining monks surrendered the abbey.
Today, the ruins are in the care of English Heritage and can be found among modern farm buildings. Unfortunately, a road has been built right through the ruins of the church.
Charles Lynam (1829-1921) was an architect and amateur archaeologist from Leek. He worked out the ground plan of the abbey and published his findings in 1911 as The Abbey of St. Mary, Croxden, Staffordshire.


 

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Wonderful pictures! Thank you for posting them. I must be amazing to live in the midst of all that ancient history.

And the bunny-lambs! LOL - how cute are they!
 

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Great pictures, thanks!

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'And the bunny-lambs! LOL - how cute are they! '
 
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