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Part/component area of: Bayham Abbey


Brief description of site

The abbey ruins consist of the substantial remains of the 13th to 15th-century church, the 14th-century gatehouse and the chapter house. The old abbey is now within a landscape park laid out by Humphry Repton in 1799 (see the record for Bayham Abbey, also known as Bayham Hall).

Brief history of site

Bayham Abbey was founded around 1200, the first buildings probably being completed by 1211. The abbey was suppressed in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey and the estates leased by Henry VIII to Anthony Browne, Lord Montague.

Location information:

Address: Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8BE

Locality: Tunbridge Wells

Local Authorities:

Kent; Tunbridge Wells; Lamberhurst

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ650365
Latitude: 51.1041 Longitude: 0.355414


Off the B2169, 1.75 miles west of Lamberhurst.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily from April to September, between 11 am and 5 pm.

Key information:

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: abbey

Site first created: After 1200

Main period of development: 13th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 368

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