The origins of St Benet’s Abbey are shrouded in uncertainty and coloured by myth. Nothing in this tidal, marshy landscape lasts forever.
What we know for certain is that by the 12th century, with Norfolk at the peak of its wealth and influence, St Benet’s Abbey was a powerful player. In Tudor times, when Henry VIII shut down monasteries across England, St Benet’s was the only one not officially closed. Yet swiftly, most of its buildings vanished, including its centrepiece church.
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