Lesnes Abbey; 2009
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Lesnes Abbey; 2009

John Chase

© Museum of London

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Lesnes Abbey is a former abbey, now ruined, in Abbey Wood. It is a scheduled ancient monument and the adjacent park and heath are a Site of Special Scientific Interest
Lesnes Abbey, as it is known, was founded by Richard de Luci, Chief Justiciar of England, in 1178. It is speculated, this may have been in penance for the murder of Thomas Becket, in which he was involved. In 1179, de Luci resigned his office and retired to the Abbey, where he died three months later. He was buried in the chapter house.




2009 AD - 2009 AD

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