History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In 1206 the hospital received funds from Sir Robert de Nerford and his wife Alice, and was reestablished as an almshouse headed by a master, four chaplains, and lay brothers. Further endowments followed in the early 13th century, and finally the house became a priory, and the master and chaplains became a prior and canons, respectively.
Finally, in 1225, Henry III made Creake a full fledged abbey, with the right to elect its own abbot. Creake Abbey remained a poor house, and there were never more than seven canons living here.
Creake reverted to the crown, but the king's mother, Margaret de Beaufort, intervened, and abbey and its lands were granted to Christ's College, Cambridge. The old church buildings were used as farm buildings, and the buildings on the east side of the cloister were used for a house.
The remains consist of foundation walls and several arches standing almost to full height. There are some architectural details, but for the most part Creake tantalizes a visitor, who has to imagine what the original abbey must have looked like. The site is very quiet and peaceful. Some parts of the old abbey walls live on in the farm buildings beside the site.
About Creake Abbey
Address: Abbey Farm, North Creake, East Anglia, Norfolk, England, NR21 9LF
Attraction Type: Abbey
Location: North of North Creake off B1355. Follow the road to Abbey Farm. Open site, access at any time.
Website: Creake Abbey
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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