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Basingwerk Abbey

A Grade I Listed Building in Holywell, Flintshire

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Latitude: 53.288 / 53°17'16"N

Longitude: -3.2073 / 3°12'26"W

OS Eastings: 319611

OS Northings: 377464

OS Grid: SJ196774

Mapcode National: GBR 6Z1F.F1

Mapcode Global: WH76K.PMW6

Entry Name: Basingwerk Abbey

Listing Date: 19 August 1991

Last Amended: 19 August 1991

Grade: I

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 505

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Near the N end of the Greenfield Valley.

County: Flintshire

Community: Holywell (Treffynnon)

Community: Holywell

Locality: Greenfield

Built-Up Area: Holywell

Traditional County: Flintshire

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The Abbey was founded in 1131 as a Savignac house and moved to this site before 1157 when it became affiliated to the Cistercian Abbey of Buildwas. The plan form is typical of Cistercian houses. It was dissolved in 1536 and then owned by the Mostyns of Talacre; fell into disuse by C18 since when much of the fabric has been removed.


Early C13 church with 7-bay aisled nave, transepts with paired eastern chapels and a square-ended, aisles, presbytery. S transept W wall and crossing pier form the tallest remains of church. Triple corbelled chancel arch springers survive. The chapter house on the E claustral range has an octagonal pier supporting 2-round arches at the entrance; this forms part of a C12 chamber, enlarged contemporary with the building of the church. The S end of the E range had the dorter and mid C13 warming house - the bases of 2 drum piers remain in the latter which was once vaulted; some C15 remodelling. The refectory on the S side is mid C13 and retains a fine, arcade W wall with annulettes to shafts; this included the reader's pulpit within the rounded arch and the adjacent lancets lit the projecting stairs. At the corner between the E and S ranges is the base of the day-stairs. Post-Dissolution half-timbered range to SE on site of former Infirmary or Abbots Lodgings.

Reasons for Listing

Listed Grade I as an important Welsh example of a Cistercian abbey.

Basingwerk Abbey is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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