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Prinknash Abbey, Gloucester

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Prinknash Abbey is a Roman Catholic monastery in the Vale of Gloucester in the Diocese of Clifton, near the village of Cranham. It belongs to the English Province of the Subiaco Cassinese Benedictine Congregation, which is itself part of the worldwide Benedictine Confederation.
For nearly 900 years the land known as Prinknash has been associated with Benedictine monks. In 1096 the Giffard family, who had come to England with William the Conqueror, made a gift of the land to Serlo, Abbot of St. Peter's, Gloucester. A large part of the present building was built during the abbacy of William Parker, the last Abbot of Gloucester, around the year 1520.
It remained in the abbey's hands until the suppression of the monasteries in 1539 when it was rented from the Crown by Sir Anthony Kingston who was to provide 40 deer annually to King Henry VIII, who used the House as a hunting lodge. Prinknash Park continued to be used as a home for the gentry and nobility of Gloucestershire during the next few centuries and each generation left its mark on the property.
On 1 August 1928 a Deed of Covenant was made out by the twentieth Earl of Rothes, the grandson of Thomas Dyer Edwards, a Catholic convert, whose wish was that Prinknash should be given to the Benedictine monks of Caldey Island. These monks had converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1913 under the leadership of Abbot Ælred Carlyle, although he left monastic life in 1921 to work as a missionary priest in Vancouver.
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  • Stopped in the cafe for coffee and cake after a visit to Prinknash Bird and Deer Park. The service was very good, the victoria sponge yummy, and the coffee reasonable. I remember visiting here as a ch...  more »
  • The Abbey building is stunning, but you can't go in as it is a working Abbey. There is a small chapel you are allowed in which is quite simple but pretty. No access to the gardens either. Just before ...  more »
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  • Had a great few hours here feeding deer and peacocks out of the hand!... I had to book quickly and get time off because, unfortunately, this is there last weekend before closing for good! But we have been told the animals have all been found nice new homes 'all things wild' (except for the fish, they didn't know what was happening with them).
  • Great place! The animals are all well looked after, and happy to interact with the public. The more nervous ones are behind fences for everyone's happiness and safety. Feed stations around each area, where for a nominal cost, you can get the appropriate food for the animals in the enclosure you are walking through. There are also nice areas where you can sit and just enjoy the views.
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