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Langdon Abbey

Hob Uid: 467498
Location :
Kent
Dover
Langdon
Grid Ref : TR3263046960
Summary : Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1189 and dissolved in 1535. The abbey buildings survive partly as ruins incorporated within a later house built in red brick in the 1590s. Elsewhere the abbey survives in buried form. Excavations revealed the church to be aisled throughout its length, with a chapel to the North, but without transepts. The claustral range lay to the South, the chapter house, refectory, and slype being excavated. The infirmary lay to the East of the claustral range.There are two associated fishponds. Scheduled.
More information : [TR 32634696] Remains of Langdon Abbey [NR] Premonstratensian. Founded A.D. 1189) (NAT) (1)

Abbey of Premonstratensian Canons at Langdon; founded 1189; dissolved 1535; dedicated to St. Mary and St. Thomas of Canterbury. The site of the abbey is marked by a late 16th century red brick house (mostly rebuilt in the 18th c.) which is built on and incorporates the undercrofts of the cellarer's buildings. Excavation in 1882 uncovered the plan of the rest of the abbey. [See photo AO/LP/63/74] (2-4)

"Langdon Abbey" a private residence, incorporates the remains of the cellarer's buildings, as described above, which are in good condition.The excavations of 1882 are filled in or overgrown and there are no surveyable remains. To the SW of the house are the remains of two dry fishponds, (centred
at TR 32594691) formerly fed in series by a water supply from the west. The lower pond was revetted with a stone wall at the east end of which the lower courses remain.
Surveyed at 1:2500. (5)

History of the Premonstratensian Abbey and its canons. (6,7)

Limited excavations were undertaken by Mr W.C. Harrison and the Duke of York Archaeological Society in 1960 on the site of the Abbey. A tile-built fireplace and quantities of roofing tiles and oysters were found. An accurate survey was made with the help of the Royal Engineers. A future trench is planned to explore inside walls, the cloister and garth. (8)

Brief note. (9)

Langdon Abbey. Grade II*. House. C12, C16 and late C17 altered mid C19. Built for Thornhill family on remains of Premonstratensian priory. (10,11)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : Ordnance Survey map sheet 25" 1957
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Source : Medieval religious houses : England and Wales
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Source : North east and east Kent
Source details : 1983
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Tanner's Notitia Monastica 1787 Kent 31 (Naismith)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : English Monasteries 1925 64 67 148 (AH Thompson)
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Source : Archaeologia Cantiana : being contributions to the history and archaeology of Kent
Source details : (WH St John Hope)
Page(s) : 59-67
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Vol(s) : 15, 1883
Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : MHLG (2045/11/A) September 1960 24-5
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : First OS Archaeology Field Investigator ASP 20-MAY-64
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Source : Medieval religious houses in England and Wales
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Source : The Victoria history of the counties of England
Source details : (RC Fowler)
Page(s) : 169-172
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Vol(s) : Kent 2, 1926
Source Number : 8
Source : Archaeologia Cantiana : being contributions to the history and archaeology of Kent
Source details : (WC Harrison)
Page(s) : LVII
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Vol(s) : 76, 1961
Source Number : 9
Source : Archaeologia : or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity
Source details : Plan (AW Clapham)
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Vol(s) : 73, 1922-3
Source Number : 10
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE(HHR) District of Dover 1987 13
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Extant
Monument End Date : 1535
Monument Start Date : 1189
Monument Type : Premonstratensian Monastery, Fishpond, Undercroft, Abbey, Cellarers Range, Church, Warming House, Slype, Chapter House, Infirmary, Cloister
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit, Earthwork, Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : In the 1590s
Monument End Date : 1599
Monument Start Date : 1590
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Late C17
Monument End Date : 1699
Monument Start Date : 1667
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Mid C19
Monument End Date : 1866
Monument Start Date : 1833
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : KE 183
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 25498
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 178468
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TR 34 NW 7
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 467661
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, WEST LANGDON ABBEY
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1882-01-01
End Date : 1882-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, WEST LANGDON ABBEY
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1960-01-01
End Date : 1960-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TR 34 NW 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1964-05-20
End Date : 1964-05-20
Associated Activities : Primary, WEST LANGDON ABBEY
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 1997-01-01
End Date : 1997-12-31