Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: One of the last monastic buildings built in England before the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse is of particular interest as the gatehouse was one of the last monastic buildings to be built in England before the Dissolution of the Monasteries ended the traditional monastic way of life.
The abbey itself was established in 1169 by William de Berkeley as a Cistercian monastery, a daughter house of Tintern Abbey across the Severn in Wales. The abbey moved from Kingswood to Hazleton, but the monks returned to Kingswood in 1164 and refounded the abbey on a new site.
After the abbey was dissolved in 1538 some of the stone was used in the construction of nearby Newark Park. The Lady Chapel of the abbey church was used as the parish church until it became ruinous and had to be rebuilt in 1723. The abbey records are held at the University of Bristol.
The exterior is open access, but the interior can be viewed by obtaining a key from a nearby keyholder, weekdays only. The gatehouse is in the centre of Kingswood, with easy parking along the road.
About Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse
Address: Abbey Street, Kingswood, Gloucestershire, England, GL12 8RA
Attraction Type: Abbey
Location: In Kingswood village, off the B4060 1 mile south of Wotton-under-Edge
Website: Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse
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Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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