- Halesowen Abbey
Halesowen Abbey was an
abbeyin Halesowen, Englandof which only ruins remain. It was located in an exclaveof the historic county of Shropshireuntil 1844. In that year Halesowen was transferred to Worcestershireand then in 1974 to the new West Midlands county.
The abbey was founded in
1215by Premonstratensiancanons under a grant from King John of Englandand went on to develop close connections with Titchfield Abbeyin Hampshire. The abbey became very wealthy and owned an extensive local estate but it was suppressed during the Dissolution of the Monasteriesin 1538and its estates granted to John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland. From that time on, and particularly during the industrial revolution, much of the fabric of the abbey was carried off as building material in the surrounding area. However, some standing structures remain, having been used as the framework of farm buildings.
* cite book | author=Baker, G. | title=Halesowen Roads | year=1981 | url=http://www.rowleyregis.com/section-viewarticle-32.html
* cite web | url=http://www.premontre.org/subpages/loci/imagines/imhalesowen/galhalesowen.htm | title=Gallery of photographs | year=1999 | publisher=The Canons Regular of Prémontré | accessdate=2007-10-20
* [http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server.php?show=ConProperty.338 Halesowen Abbey] site at
* [http://www.halesowen.btinternet.co.uk/abbey/images/pres.jpgPhotograph of North wall of Presbytery]
* [http://www.antiquemapsandprints.com/SCANSB/B-2977.jpgHistorical etching of ruins]
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