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Abbey Booklets on sale

A range of booklets about Tewkesbury Abbey are now on sale in the Abbey Shop. Buy any two of the...
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Tewkesbury in Bloom

This is our Coronet. Come and see the fantastic display put on by Tewkesbury in Bloom.
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Christmas Card

The Abbey Christmas Card is now available from the shop. £3.99 for a pack of 5 cards The message...
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Today's Events

Morning Prayer


Start Time : 08:30:00


End Time: 09:00:00


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Holy Communion

There is a service of Holy Communion every day in the Abbey


Start Time : 09:00:00


End Time: 09:30:00


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Evening Prayer


Start Time : 17:00:00


End Time: 17:30:00


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Prayer Tree

A Prayer for

 

Please pray for our friend who is visiting her family in South Africa, before facing cancer treatment for a second time. She is a very special friend and desperately needs your prayers.

 

Posted by Ann at 12:12 on 00/00/0000

abbey viewAlthough the Abbey was founded in 1087 by nobleman Robert FitzHamon, building of the present Abbey did not start until 1102. Built to house Benedictine monks, the Norman Abbey was near completion when consecrated in 1121.

 

Embellishments to the long nave roof and the apsidal chancel were made in the first half of the 14th century in the Decorated style. After the dissolution in 1540 most of the claustral buildings and the Lady Chapel were quarried for their materials but the Abbey Church was sold to the parishioners for £453. Changes made since then to the internal configuration have developed to reflect contemporary styles of devotion, currently of the Anglo-Catholic persuasion. 

 

Lying at the southern edge of the old town, the Abbey quietly dominates the land and skyline with its long nave and “probably the largest and finest Romanesque tower in England” (Pevsner). Vestiges of its social domination can be deduced from the layout of the streets and buildings, and the occasional relic; the Abbot’s gatehouse, the Abbey Mill, The vicarage and the Tudor-style dwellings in Church Street. The area surrounding the Abbey is protected from development by the Abbey Lawn Trust, originally funded by a United States benefactor.

 

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