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Published January 26th 2020
A historical gem hidden on the edge of Wymondham in Norfolk
Wymondham is a market town in Norfolk. At the heart of the town is Wymondham Abbey. The abbey dates back to 1107 when it was built as a Benedictine Monastery. Although a ruin at one end, the grand abbey building is still used for worship on Sundays, and it accepts visitors Monday to Saturday.
The Benedictine monastery is interesting outside and inside
Wymondham Abbey sits on the edge of the town surrounded by pretty countryside. The building boasts 2 towers, a landmark that can be seen for miles. One tower is in ruins, a result of Henry VIII's order to demolish monasteries in the 1530s. The remaining structure is used for worship every week and acts as the parish church.
Inside there are Norman pillars from the 11th century. The altar is impressive with ornate carvings and gold leaf. The roof was raised in the 14th century and decorated with life-sized angels. An Arts and Crafts triptych features in the chapel.
The highly decorated altar at Wymondham Abbey
Small museum inside the abbey
There is a brand new extension to the abbey. It houses an exhibition of items found at the site that are interesting to see.
The abbey hosts local events such as craft fairs and musical afternoons.
Visitors are welcome to tour the inside of the abbey from Monday to Saturday 11.00am to 3.00pm. It is free to enter. Volunteers are on hand to answer some of the questions asked. There is a guidebook available to purchase from the kiosk.
The grounds are well kept and popular with families and dog walkers. It is very peaceful and the ideal place to sit and reflect for a while.
There isn't any parking of note, but the town high street is within a few minutes walk.