Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse, Wotton-under-Edge

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Kingswood Abbey was a Cistercian abbey, located in the village of Kingswood near Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England. The abbey was demolished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and all that remains is the gatehouse, a Grade 1 listed building. Through the gatehouse arch are a few houses and the small village primary school of Kingswood.
Kingswood Abbey was founded in 1139 by William of Berkeley, provost of Berkeley, in accordance with the wishes of his late uncle, Roger II of Berkeley, and colonised from the Cistercian house at Tintern, Monmouthshire. The founding family were the feudal barons of Dursley, who intermarried later with the progeny of Robert Fitzharding (d.1170), 1st feudal baron of Berkeley Castle.
In the mid-12th century the abbot and all but a few monks removed, first to Hasleden near Rodmarton and then, for want of water at that site, to Tetbury, Kingswood becoming a grange until the return of the community to "Mireford" in Kingswood, close to the earlier site. According to the taxation of Pope Nicholas IV in 1291, annual spiritualities and temporalities came to £54 1s 6d, and at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries the abbey was variously valued at about £245.
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  • Spent lots of time visiting my Nan and gramp who lived in a house adjacent to the Abbey years ago and sadly the house is no longer there. Lots of happy memories, this place is just so lovely.  more »
  • The Gatehouse is the last remaining part of the abbey that once stood in Kingswood. The interior can only be accessed by calling at 3 Wotton Road, just round the corner, between 10.00am and 3.30pm, bu...  more »
  • The gatehouse has rooms open to the public but check times. Full open access to the site outside. Parking nearby.
  • Beautiful place!!
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