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Abbeys and Religious Buildings in Kent

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph Abbeys and Religious buildings within the UK, by county. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information. This same information is also available in alphabetical order.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Codes Used on this page

Wiki=Wikipedia  EH=English Heritage  NT=National Trust  PEH=Pastscape  F.=Founded  Dis.=Dissolved

Condition: [A] First rate example; [B] Major Remains; [C] Identifiable Remains; [D] Modest Remains;
[E] Little Surviving


Alt. Name * [Formal Name / dedication]

Location Grid
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Communities & history [condition]

Aylesford Priory [No remains] [monastic]

'The Friars'



Carmelite community built on site of Carmelite priory [A]

Bilsington Priory [Reused]




Augustinian Canons Regular * remains now incorporated into a house [E]

Boxley Abbey [Reused]



Wiki * PEH

Cistercian monks from Clairvaux fd. 1143/46; dis. 1538 * part of remains now incorporated into a private house [E]

Canterbury - Blackfriars




Dominican Friars

Canterbury - Greyfriars




Franciscan Friars

Canterbury - St Augustine's Abbey

[The Abbey Church of Saint Augustine, Canterbury]

5116′41″N 105′17″E / 51.278126, 1.088156 * TR1557

Wiki * EH * PEH

Benedictine monks dis. 1538 (EH) [A]

Canterbury - St Mary of the Angels Friars [monastic]




Franciscan OFM Franciscan Friars involved in running the Franciscan International Study Centre

Canterbury Cathedral Priory [Church Use]

[The Cathedral and Abbey Church of Christ, Canterbury,  * The Cathedral Church of Christ, Canterbury]


Wiki * Canterbury Cathedral

secular canons c.600 * Benedictine monks 1070-1539 * episcopal diocesan cathedral c.600-present

Combwell Priory





Dartford Priory




Dominican Nunnery f.1349. Dissolved 1535 what remains now in middle of iron-works.

Davington Priory [Church Use]

[The Priory Church of Saint Mary Magdalen, Davington; (parochially also dedicated to St Lawrence)]



Benedictine nuns fd. 1153; dis. 1535 * Church in now parochial use - priory buildings in private ownership - since 1982 owned by Bob Geldof [C]

Dover Priory

[The Priory Church of Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Martin of the New Work, Dover]



Benedictine monks (Augustinian Canons Regular?) 1130 * remains now incorporated into a private school, Dover College [D]

Faversham Abbey



Wiki * PEH

Cluniac monks (from Bermondsey) fd. 1147; dis. 1538 [E]

Folkestone Priory




Benedictine monks [D]

Higham Priory

Lillechurch Priory



Benedictine monks F.1148 Dis. 1522[E]

Horton Priory [Reused]

[The Priory Church of St John the Evangelist, Horton]



Cluniac monks 12thC, cell of Lewes Priory; dis. 1536 * remains now incorporated into a private house

Leeds Priory




Augustinian Canons Regular [E]

Lenses Abbey

Westwood Abbey


Wiki * Geograph

Arrouasian Benedictine monks [E]

Lossenham Friary




Carmelite Friars

Lyminge Abbey




Benedictine monks

Minster in Sheppey Priory [Church Use]




Benedictine nuns * now in parochial use [C]

Minster in Thanet Priory [monastic]

Minster Abbey



Benedictine monks then private, now Benedictine nuns * built on site of an earlier abbey, which occupied site of previous monastery [A]

Moatenden Priory




Trinitarian monks 1224 * site now occupied by a house named 'Moatenden Manor'

Monks Horton Priory




Cluniac Monastery. F. 1142. Dis. 1536 [E]

New Romney Priory




Cistercian monks and nuns

Patrixbourne Priory




Augustinian Canons F.1200 Dis.1409  Norman priory church survives (Anglican use) [D]

Reculver Abbey




Benedictine monks 669 * destroyed by Vikings

Rochester Cathedral Priory [Church Use]

[The Cathedral and Priory Church of Saint Andrew, Rochester]


Wiki * Rochester Cathedral * PEH

secular canons 604-1080 * Benedictine monks 1080; dis. 1540 * parochial/conventual use as an episcopal diocesan cathedral 604 [B]

St John's Jerusalem



Wiki * NT

Knights Hospitaller

St Radegund's Abbey

[Bradsole Abbey]



Premonstratensian Canons * now in private ownership [D]

Sutton-at-Hone Preceptory [Church Use]




Knights Hospitaller, remains in use as chapel and private residence (NT)

Swingfield Preceptory




Knights Hospitaller [B]

Temple Ewell Preceptory, * Ewell




Knights Templar * remains now incorporated into church

Temple Manor Rochester




Preceptory or camera of Knights Templar F.1159 Dis. 1312 [C]

Throwley Priory





Tonbridge Priory [No remains]




Augustinian Canons Regular * site later occupied by a railway goods station

West Langdon Abbey [No remains]




Premonstratensian Canons * site now occupied by 16thC farmhouse currently in use as a holiday cottage

West Malling Abbey [monastic]

[The Abbey Church of Saint Mary, West Malling]



Benedictine nuns trns from Twickenham * trns to Milford Haven [C]

West Peckham Preceptory




Knights Hospitaller


Location Guides Not linked

St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, Kent

St Martin's Church, Canterbury, Kent


See Also:

Abbey and Religious Buildings Section for all articles, lists and location guides on Abbey's, Cathedrals, Churches, Holy Wells etc.


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