Shap Premonstratensian Abbey, including the precinct wall, abbey mill and mill race, and two fishponds

  • Description

    "...Shap Abbey is located west of Shap village in the valley of the River Lowther. The monument is divided into two areas and includes the upstanding and buried remains of a monastery established by the Premonstratensian order. The most visible remains are the ruins of the church and immediately attached buildings now in the care of English Heritage. The precinct wall which enclosed the monastery is also clearly visible in places. Extensive earthwork remains of the abbey mill and its race are also easily identifiable. The well preserved standing remains demonstrate the usual layout of a Premonstratensian monastery with the church running east-west and forming the north range of a four-sided complex known as the cloister. Domestic buildings such as the kitchens formed the southern range, the chapter house and abbot's lodging formed the east range, and the lay-brother's quarters the west range. The earliest standing remains at Shap are the western half of the presbytery (the eastern end of the church) north wall which dates to the very end of the 12th/early 13th century. The building...."
  • Owner

    Historic England
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 3 years ago
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