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HOW FAR DOES NEWSTEAD ABBEY SHOWS ITS BEGINNINGS AS AN AUGUSTINIAN PRIORY? Newstead abbey has been changed from a monastery into a house that is welcome to the public. Henry II originally built it between 1164 and 1174. Newstead was a monastery for nearly 400 years but Henry VIII closed it down in 1539 and gave to the Byron family in 1540 how sold it to the friend of the poet lord Byron Mr Thomas Wildman in 1817, after Mr Wildman's death in 1859, Mrs Wildman sold it to William Fredrick Webb in 1861. Mr Webb then died in 1899 and Newstead passed down to each of this four sons until his grandson Charles Ian Fraser where he sold it to philanthropist Sir Julien Cahn, who presented it to Nottingham corporation in 1913. I'm going to prove that Newstead was a monastery before Henry VIII closed it down. I'm going to prove this with photos and diagrams. I'm going to show the evidence that was inside the house, outside the house and the beautiful gardens. Each room in Newstead abbey has it own story to tell and evidence that it was a Augustinian priory. The west front which was the church when it was a monastery was ruined by Henry VIII when he gave it to the Byron family who knocked most of it down, except the front which still remains there today as you can see from the picture below; As you can see also from the picture is the Byron family deface the statue's and took out the centre window and now there isn't and glass nor any decoration remaining. ...read more.


The Lavatorium was a place where the monks and the lay brothers had towash their hands and face before going to the refectory the eat their meals. The archway that leads to the lavatorium has also been blocked up this is what it looks like now The hidden stairway are called the day stairs and they were used at meal time after the monks and the lay brothers had wash they would make their way up the day stairs that lead to the refectory this pictures shows you the columns that supported the stairs and they dated back to the 13th century All around the cloister there are lots and lots of blocked archways which include the archway to the kitchen and the refectory The door way on the right is only the top of the archway and this is because when it was a monastery there were steps leading down to the bottom of the archway but after it was dissolved the steps were concreted over so that it was just one level. The hidden door way to the refectory and that is on the left of the picture that also has been blocked up but when it was a monastery they must have been step leading you up to the doorway and also the roof must have been lowered because you can see the top of the doorway. The garth is a smallish square garden that the monks used to grow herbs to use in food and they also used the herbs for ...read more.


the stone from the church they used around the house and the gardens and this is called robbing out and that was that the Byrons did. The most famous Byron were the wicked lord Byron who wasn't a very nice man as he used all his wives money on travelling and himself he ruined Newstead and he became in financial difficulty and had to pass it down to his next relation in the family the 6th lord Byron and he was and is the most famous owner of the abbey as he was a poet and was very Romantic. The 6th lord Byron was the last member of the Byron's to own Newstead as he had to leave the country and he became in financial difficulty also so he had to sell Newstead and moved to Greece but the abbey was brought by a family called the Wildman family and they saved the monastery from ruins and made it what it is today. The evidence that Newstead abbey started as a priory is quiet amazing to say the family that owned Newstead in the passed, but people should of despised Henry VIII but also thank him forgiving Newstead to a family with money but not a lot so they is still a lot of evidence that is still there now and this includes the West Front, all the different room around the house and the cloisters and plus all of the doorways that have been blocked up using robbed out stone ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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