Shaftesbury and the Abbey Ruins

The entrance to the Abbey

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The excavated foundations of the Abbey, once a Benedictine nunnery founded by King Alfred around 888AD and destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII in 1539. The Abbey ruins are enclosed by a walled garden.

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A statue of Alfred the Great

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The remains of a tomb..

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and a marble coffin, possibly that of Abbess Juliana de Bauceyn

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The shrine of St Edward the Martyr, the young king who was murdered at Corfe Castle supposedly by his stepmother, so her own son, Ethelred could become king.

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One of Shaftesbury’s buildings

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and the view from just outside the Abbey, across part of the Blackmore Vale.

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Who remembers the old Hovis advert? It was filmed here at Gold Hill.

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