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Sawley Abbey Ruins

A Grade I Listed Building in Sawley, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.9136 / 53°54'48"N

Longitude: -2.3417 / 2°20'30"W

OS Eastings: 377652

OS Northings: 446433

OS Grid: SD776464

Mapcode National: GBR DR25.TV

Mapcode Global: WH965.0W6N

Entry Name: Sawley Abbey Ruins

Listing Date: 16 November 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1072099

English Heritage Legacy ID: 183470

Location: Sawley, Ribble Valley, Lancashire, BB7

County: Lancashire

District: Ribble Valley

Civil Parish: Sawley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Grindleton St Ambrose

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


SD 776 464


Sawley Abbey Ruins


Cistercian Abbey, founded 1147, dissolved 1536. Now ruinous. Rubble with
some sandstone dressings remaining. The walls of the transepts, with
3 square east chapels on each side, and of the very small nave (possibly
shortened in the early C16th), survive to various heights, the maximum
approximately 10 metres. Only the lower courses of the chancel, widened
and lengthened in the early C16th by adding aisles, remain. Only
foundation or low walls of the conventual buildings survive. These
include the chapter house, undercroft of the dorter, the rere-dorter, and,
on the south side, the frater. On the west side of the cloister were the
dorter and frater of the lay bretheren, later converted in part into
Abbot's lodgings. At the north end of the west range is a fireplace
with segmental arch and bread oven, possibly post-reformation. Scheduled
Ancient Monument. Harland, J. Historical Account of the Cistercian Abbey
of Sawley, 1853.

Listing NGR: SD7765246433

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