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not visit Minster Abbey, St Mary's Church and of
course Minster Museum
will be assured of a warm welcome!
The Abbey is open to visitors from Monday to
Saturday from 11am-12midday.
Between May and October visitors are also welcome
The first English monastery was founded on the
Abbey site in 670AD. This original building was
destroyed by the Vikings in the 9th Century. The
Abbey was burnt to the ground, killing about 70
nuns and townspeople who had fled to the Abbey
for safety. The remains now lie beneath the lawn
of the current Abbey.
Abbey was rebuilt and in 1027 AD, was given to
the Monks of St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury.
The Saxon Wing of this building is still
standing. The south wall of the abbey was added
within 100 years of the Norman Conquest in 1066,
and so the Abbey stands today.
is possibly the oldest inhabited house in the