Langley Abbey: The Grange

  • Langley Green, Nr Claxton, Norfolk
  • OSGB – TG 3626 0285
  • Scheduled Monument
  • Grade I Listed Building.


Medieval moated Premonstratension Abbey, enclosed by a trapezoid-shaped wet moat with three entrances, a gatehouse and a ditch on three sides. There was a tower at the west end and cloistral buildings included Sacristy, Chapter House, parlour, dorter and sub-vault and warming house.


1195                            Founded by Roger Fitz Roger of Clavering for the Premonstratension Order.

1233-1249                   Hugh was Abbot.

1251                            Simon was Abbot.

1267                            Simon was Abbot.

1276                            A letter of the Abbot, Richard, states the appropriation of the churches of the Holy trinity, London; St. Gregory, Heckingham; St. Botolph, Limpenhoe; St. Mary, Rushall; St. Margaret’s, Trickley; St. Mary, Kirkby and St. Helen, Ranworth. Thomas Kerdeston was buried in the Abbey church.

1279                            The Abbot was given the advowson of the church of Bodham.

1291                            The annual income was put at £178 5s ¾d.

1306                            10th December: The Abbot of Langley was investigated by Walter de Norwich under the Kings orders, for the amount of money the Abbey had given to the king.

1316                            Geoffrey was Abbot.

1317                            Servant to the King, Robert de Maners retired to the Abbey.

1328                            Margaret, wife of Sir William Kerdeston, was buried in the Abbey church.

1337                            Sir Roger Kerdeston was buried in the Abbey church.

1338                            The church of Thowton gave their advowson to the Abbey.

1340                            John de Strumpeshagh was Abbot.

1346                            A licence to add a belfry was granted.

1350                            William was Abbot.

1368                            Geoffrey was Abbot.

1375                            Peter was Abbot.

1392                            John de Norwich was Abbot.

1399                            John Walsham was Abbot.

1422                            John Waterden was Abbot.

1428                            Nicholas de Wenyngton was Abbot.

1463                            Nicholas de Wenyngton was Abbot.

1467                            Nicholas Wamerton was Abbot.

1475                            Visited by Bishop Redman.

1478                            Visited by Bishop Redman – Thomas Russell was found guilty of ‘evil living’ and was only permitted bread and water for 40 days. Nicholas Wamerton was Abbot.

1482                            Visited by Bishop Redman – Abbott John Myntynge was found guilty ‘of waste’ and was temporarily stripped of his powers.

1488                            Walter Alphe was Abbot.

1491                            Visited by Bishop Redman – Cannon Thomas Ludham was sentenced to 40 days imprisonment for cutting off a mans right hand during a quarrel.

1494                            Visited by Bishop Redman.

1497                            Visited by Bishop Redman.

1500                            Visited by Bishop Redman – William Curlew was appointed Abbot.

1502                            William Curlew resigned as Abbot due to some irregularities and o the 10th December, Robert, Abbot of Alnwick, gave Richard, Bishop of Ely, permission to elect a new Abbot.

1503                            John Maxe was Abbot.

1513                            John was Abbot.

1516                            Robert Walkington was Abbot.

1517                            Robert Walkington was Abbot.

1534                            The annual value of the Abbey was put at £104 16s 5½d.

1536                            Dissolved. Revenue was put at £128 19s 9d and the site was granted to John Berney, Esq..

18th C                          Farmhouse.

1816                            The church was repaired by the Beauchamp family.

1854                            Used as a farmhouse and owned by Edward Thwaites.

1906                            Excavated.

1921-1923                   Excavated.

1948                            Excavated.

1971                            Field Investigation.

1994                            c: Moat cleaned.

1996                            Surveyed and Measured.

20th C                          Remaining buildings include stables, part of the gatehouse, cellarium, Chapter House west and north walls and the south east corner of the Infirmary. The stables and Cellarium used as farm buildings.


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