Took a trip to Buildwas Abbey over the weekend
The image shows one of the rooms in the Abbey (The Crypt), it reminded me of a cell, so my wife volunteered to be a prisoner leaving the damp, mossy cell with a gun at her back. She did forgive me.
Buildwas Abbey was founded by Roger de Clinton, Bishop of Chester, in 1135. The founding monks were drawn from the Norman Abbey of Savigny, a reformist Abbey and later order founded by S Vitalis around 1112, and expanded successfully by Abbot Geoffrey between 1122 and 1139. By 1147 the order had over 15 daughters in the British Isles in addition to as many again back in Normandy. However, things were not going smoothly administration wise, and in 1147 the Savignac order, impressed by the success of the Cistercians and in particular by Saint Bernard, voted to be absorbed into the Cistercian Order.
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