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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse
The town has a long association with the Cromwell family, whose most famous son was Oliver Cromwell, Civil War military leader and eventual Lord Protector. The Cromwell family built a mansion on the site of the Lady Chapel of the old abbey church. This house now forms the core of the highly acclaimed Abbey School.
The church dates to the late 12th century, and was originally built as a guest house, or hospital, for visitors to the abbey. The chief point of interest in the church is stained glass by the William Morris company.
Behind the abbey grounds lies Booth's Hill, site of a 12th century castle erected (probably illegally) during the tumultuous period of the Civil War between supporters of King Stephen and Queen Maud. Booth's Hill is now a nature reserve, and the castle site is badly overgrown, but an interpretation panel tells the story of what is known - or surmised - about the castle. After the Dissolution, the abbey passed to the Ramsey family, who built an icehouse on Booth's Hill. The remains of the icehouse can still be seen, though once again the area is badly overgrown.
In the nearby village of Ramsey Forty Foot is Bodsey House (privately owned), established in the 13th century, and used as a country home by the last abbot of Ramsey.
Address: Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: On the B1040 5 miles west of Chatteris
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse - 0.4 miles (Abbey)
Conington, All Saints Church - 8 miles (Historic Church)
Houghton Mill - 8.3 miles (Historic Building)
Alconbury, St Peter & St Paul - 8.5 miles (Historic Church)
Norris Museum - 8.9 miles (Museum)
Huntingdon, All Saints Church - 9 miles (Historic Church)
Flag Fen - 9.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Hemingford Grey Manor - 9.2 miles (Historic Building)
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