We are not ‘religious’ types but we do enjoy exploring historical religious buildings. We are both fascinated by the architecture, the history, the insight into people’s lives.
The abbey was founded in the 7th or 8th century, damaged by Viking raids and rebuilt and refounded in the 10th century. As part of the dissolution the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538.
It is incredible to think how many people over how many centuries have walked over these stones.