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Latitude: 50.8024 / 50°48'8"N
Longitude: -1.9244 / 1°55'27"W
OS Eastings: 405426
OS Northings: 100314
OS Grid: SU054003
Mapcode National: GBR 431.L8Y
Mapcode Global: FRA 66VZ.B3D
Entry Name: Holy Cross Abbey
Listing Date: 30 October 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1154458
English Heritage Legacy ID: 107668
Location: Ferndown Town, East Dorset, Dorset, BH21
District: East Dorset
Civil Parish: Ferndown Town
Traditional County: Dorset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset
Church of England Parish: Hampreston and Stapehill All Saints
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
SU 00 SE STAPEHILL
6/42 Holy Cross Abbey
Abbey. House of the early C19, monastic buildings of the 1840's, church
of 1847-51 by Charles Hansom and later conventual buildings. A monastery
for Cistercian nuns (migrating from Revolutionary France), comprising ranges
of domestic and conventual buildings to the south of the church. Walls of
brickwork in English and Flemish bonds. Steep slate roof to the church,
slate roof to the ranges, with tile roof to the later extensions. The
church has two parts in parallel (for lay and monastic use), each with a
chancel of two bays and nave of five bays, also a (later) aisle to the north
of the lay nave. The general style is Early English; lancets and coupled
lancets (beneath quatrefoils) and large east windows to the coupled gables,
the west end having a large window at the north side, the south side gable
being merged with a slender tower, narrowed at the bells stage and
terminating in a tall pyramid roof. Although there is a north porch, the
main entrance is in the west gable. Inside, there are two arcades, with
octagonal columns with moulded caps, with a screen separating the churches.
The ranges encompass the earlier house (occupied 1802) and there is a west
elevation of two storeys, with a main entrance in the form of a Gothic
porch. The cemetery contains a memorial cross of 1844 by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, commemorating the abbess Mde.de Chabannes. RCHM
Listing NGR: SU0542600314
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