CREAKE ABBEY

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CREAKE ABBEY

The flint ruins of the crossing arch from Creake Abbey’s church are pretty much all that remains of a medieval Augustinian house.  And it’s a sad tale.  The abbey probably began as a small chapel founded in 1206 by Sir Robert and Lady Alice de Nerford. In 1217, they established a hospital of St Bartholomew there, which developed into a priory dedicated to the rule of St Augustine.  A devastating fire in about 1484 left the place much reduced.  Then, early in the 16th century, the plague struck; one by one, the canons died until only the abbot remained.  When he too died, alone on 12 December 1506, the abbey closed.  The cloister and monastic buildings became a private house and the south wall of the old nave is now the garden wall.

Under separate management, Creake Abbey is also home to a small retail complex, with a café, food hall and farmers’ market.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Burnham Road
North Creake
Fakenham
County
Norfolk
Post Code
NR21 9LF
Main Historic Period
Medieval
Tip/Nearby
Walsingham Abbey, Holkham Hall, north Norfolk coast.
Primary Management
English Heritage

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