At the kind invitation of Mr Christopher Foyle, the present owner of Beeleigh Abbey, our Prior, Abbot Hugh Allan o.praem., and some members of our community visited this former Premonstratensian house on Wednesday 30 March.
Abbot Hugh was named the Titular Abbot of Beeleigh last year, and to commemorate his elevation, Mr Foyle has added the Abbot’s name to the list of the historical Abbots of Beeleigh, which is displayed on the wall of the Abbey’s old chapter house.
Beeleigh Abbey, which is located less than 10 miles away from Chelmsford, was a Norbertine house from 1180 until the monastic dissolution of 1536. The community were shown those parts of the old Abbey that have survived, namely the calefactory, the dormitory and the chapter house, which were incorporated into the post-Reformation private house.
Christopher Foyle is the owner of Foyles Bookshops and has written a book on the history of his home, which includes fascinating details regarding its Norbertine past. We are very grateful to Mr and Mrs Foyle for for their continued friendship, as well as for their generous and welcoming hospitality.
More photos here.