VISIT: Sawtry Abbey

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Sawtry Abbey was a Cistercian monastery consecrated in 1238. The abbey never achieved great prominence but it was visited by Kings, and in 1536 Catherine of Aragon’s body rested there when her funeral cortege broke its journey from Kimbolton Castle to Peterborough.

During the visit you will be able to relate the remaining lumps and bumps in the landscape to the original design of the abbey. You will also learn about the origins and spread of the Cistercian Order.

This outdoor event will involve a stroll lasting 60 to 90 minutes. Walking will be on tracks and an uneven, largely over-grown field. The presence of cattle mean dogs and under-16s cannot join the visit. There are no toilet facilities.  All participants need to pre-register. Numbers will be capped

Registration will open on Saturday 21st August. FRAG members will be given priority until 28th August. Thereafter it will be first come, first served for all. Register using the form below.

Free for FRAG Members
£5 for Non Members (to be collected at the event)

Since 2016 a project by the Sawtry History Society has been undertaking research including a resistivity survey to verify earlier records of the abbey. The project has been led by Kevin Redgate and Phil Hill who will be our guides for this visit.

You can find out more background about the abbey both on the Peterborough Archaeology website – and on the Sawtry Archaeology website where there are a series of “leaflets” available.


12 September 2021
10:30 am
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