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Sawley Abbey

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Location  Sawley, Lancashire
Designated  8 February 1915
Designated  16 November 1954
Phone  +44 370 333 1181
Sawley Abbey
Address  English Heritage, Sawley Abbey, Sawley BB7 4QS, United Kingdom
Hours  Open today · 9AM–5PMThursday9AM–5PMFriday9AM–5PMSaturday9AM–5PMSunday9AM–5PMMonday9AM–5PMTuesday9AM–5PMWednesday9AM–5PMSuggest an edit
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Sawley abbey

Sawley Abbey was an abbey of Cistercian monks in the village of Sawley, Lancashire, in England (and historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire). Created as a daughter-house of Newminster Abbey, it existed from 1147 until its dissolution in 1536, during the reign of King Henry VIII of all England, Ireland, and France. A monk here, William de Remmyngton went on to become Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1372-3. The last two abbots of Sawley were both put to death. Thomas Bolton was executed as a consequence of his resistance to the dissolution and William Trafford, the last Abbot, was executed in Lancaster on the 10th March 1537 alongside John Paslew, the last Abbot of Whalley Abbey, for alleged involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace.


The ruins of Sawley Abbey, which are now controlled by English Heritage, are open to the public. Although not an extensive ruin, there are boards on the site that give information regarding the history of the abbey and its former inhabitants. Today, parts of the church and refectory can still be seen.

The abbey is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.

In March 2009, Sawley Abbey was featured in the first episode of series 3 of the TV series The Tudors.

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