Founded as a priory in 1107, Wymondham Abbey began as a community of Benedictine monks. It was raised to the status of an Abbey ninety years before its suppression.
The building was on an ambitious scale. Stone was shipped across the English Channel from Caen, in Normandy, and the original Nave - a scaled-down version of the Nave of Norwich Cathedral - was twelve bays long. The Priory Church was cruciform, with a central Tower and two low Towers at the western end; it had Aisles and Transepts, and the monastic Quire was flanked by chapels. The monastic buildings - of which very little remains above ground, with the exception of the east wall of the Chapter House - lay on the south side of the church. The buildings seem to have been substantially completed by 1130, when Nigel was appointed the first Prior.
Come and discover the extensive history of the exquisite and majestic building in Wymondham; with its hammer-beam roof carved with 200 angels and the 18th Century organ with Chippendale case.
'The ministry of Wymondham Abbey means that occasionally we are closed to visitors, such as when there is a wedding or funeral taking place, or for other reasons, so it is very important that you contact us in advance either the Abbey Office directly, or Mr Roy Pulsford, our Head Steward, if you wish to bring a group to visit the Abbey, or you are travelling a significant distance, to check that the Abbey will be open for you when you visit.'
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