Chez WW in England

Chez WW in England

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Hailes Abbey, England

12 March 2011

Our next stop on Andrew's birthday tour was Hailes Abbey, which is located very close to our home in Ashchurch.

Hailes Abbey was founded between 1245 and 1246 by the younger brother of King Henry III,  Richard, Earl of Cornwall. Hailes Abbey was home to a Cistercian order of monks. The great abbey at Hailes was built in 1277.

Hailes Abbey was a popular pilgrimage site thanks to a phial of Holy Blood of Christ. This religious relic was declared a fake by King Henry VIII's commissioners. The Dissolution Act of 1536 marked the end of the abbey. In 1539 the abbot of Hailes and his monks surrenedered Hailes Abbey. During the 17th century the Abbot's apartments became home to the Tracy family. After that the abbey fell into ruin.

A typical Cotswolds scene…so very close to our house. The Cotswolds really are a dream come true.



Our Sat Nav decided that we should drive down this "road". Andrew agreed. The car mirrors were almost touched the side of the road. There was a sharp turn at the end. And this was NOT a one way road.


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