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Abbeys and Religious Buildings in Somerset

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]

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Communities & history [condition]

Abbots Fish House, Meare

Meare Fish House



Believed to be the home and work place of the chief fisherman for Glastonbury Abbey. The only one in England. Built 1322-1335 [A]

Athelney Abbey [No remains]

[The Abbey of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Athelwine]


King Alfred's Monument with railings. Images of England 2007 * PEH

Benedictine monks c.888, 960 * dis. 1539 * site of church marked by a monument

Barlinch Priory




Augustinian Canons Regular [E]

Barrow Gurney

Minchin Barrow

ST5267* Barrow Gurney

Wiki * GenUKI.* British History Online.

Benedictine nuns

Bath Abbey [Church Use]

[The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath]

ST7464* Bath, Somerset

Wiki * British History Online.* Bath Abbey. Images of England.* Sacred destinations.

Nuns fd. c.676 * 'Benedictine' monks 963/4; * dis. 1539 * episcopal diocesan cathedral 1090 * church now in parochial use [C]

Bridgwater Friary




Franciscan Friars

Bruton Abbey



Wiki * PEH

Augustinian Canons Regular priory -1525 * abbey 1525 * dis. 1533 (1553?)

Buckland Priory, * Durston

Minchin Buckland Preceptory?



Augustinian Canons * Knights Hospitaller nuns * site now occupied by Buckland Farm

Burtle Priory

Burtle Moor Priory



Augustinian Canons Regular

Cannington Nunnery


Cannington, Somerset

British History Online. * Cannington Online. * Cannington Court - Images of England.

Benedictine nuns (from Dorset), trns to Colwich Abbey * converted into a mansion * reverted to nunnery

Cleeve Abbey

Vallis Florida

ST4566* Washford/Old Cleeve

Wiki * PEH * EH

Cistercian monks from Revesby 1186/1191-1536 (EH) [B]

Downside Abbey [monastic]

[The Abbey Church of Saint Gregory the Great, Downside, Stratton-on-Fosse]

ST6550 * Stratton-on-the-Fosse

Wiki * Images of England.

Benedictine monks trns from Douai 1814-present [A]

Dunster Priory [Church Use]

[Priory Church of St George]

SS9943 * Dunster

Images of England (1)* Images of England (2)


Benedictine monks * church in parochial use [C]

Forde Abbey
  ST3505 * Dorset/Somerset border Wiki * PEH Cistercian monks 1146/8?, 1136-1539 * claustral remains now incorporated a mansion with public access [E]

Glastonbury Abbey

[The Abbey Church of Saint Mary, Glastonbury]

ST4938 * Glastonbury

Wiki * Glastonbury Abbey - Images of England * PEH

Benedictine monks * now in private ownership with public access [B]

Hinton Charterhouse Priory


ST7758 * Hinton Charterhouse

Images of England.

Carthusian monks * now in private ownership without public access [C]

Ilchester Friary




Dominican Friars

Ilchester Priory

Blanchesale or Whitehall



?Augustinian nuns

Keynsham Abbey


ST6568 * Keynsham

Images of England.

Augustinian Canons Regular/Victorine order of Augustinian monks [E]

Kilve Chantry



Images of England.


Montacute Priory


ST4916 * Montacute


Cluniac monks 12thC * remains now part of Abbey Farm [E]

Muchelney Abbey


ST4224 * Muchelney

Wiki * Images of England. * PEH * EH

Benedictine monks (EH)

Portbury Priory [No remains]




Austin Canons priory cell 6th century-1536. No visable remains but 8 quire. Belong to Bristol Abbey

Stavordale Priory




Augustinian Canons Regular * priory church converted into a private house [D]

Stogursey Priory

Stoke Courcy Priory * [The Priory Church of Saint Andrew, Stoke Courcy]

ST2042 * Stogursey


Benedictine monks [C]

Taunton Priory [No remains]

[The Priory Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Taunton]



Augustinian Canons Regular on new site outside Taunton * part of remains now called Priory Barn * converted into a cricket museum [E]

Temple Combe




Knights Templar House F. 1108 Dis. 1540 passed to Knights Hospitaller [C]

Templecombe Preceptory



British History.* Grand Priory of Knights Templar in England and Wales

Knights Templar

Witham Priory [Church Use]

Witham Abbey * [The Priory Church of Saint Mary, Witham]

ST7440 * Witham Friary

British History Online.* Measuring worth.com. * Somerset Larders.com.

Carthusian monks 1180/1 * church now in parochial use [D]

Woodspring Priory [Reused]



Wiki * Images of England.

Augustinian Canons Regular * currently let as holiday house (NT) [C]

Worspring Priory?





Yenston Priory [No remains]




Benedictine monks * 16thC house on site


Location Guides Not linked

Wells Cathedral, Somerset


See Also:

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


By: Tracey Park Section: Abbey and Religious Buildings Key:
Page Ref: abbey_som Topic: Abbeys Last Updated: 04/2009

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