Haughmond Abbey Survives To Fight Another Day
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This is my second attempt to hide a cache near Haughmond Abbey. My thanks to the owner of the land which abuts that of the Forestry Commission’s for allowing Haughmond Abbey to survive to fight another day!
When my cache was hidden in its original location it was found by:
The Bolas Heathens – 26 December 2007 (FTF)
snerdbe – 29 December 2007
minsterley – 30 December 2007
Trigger Milward – 30 December 2007
apsson – 31 December 2007
Rosie’s Rangers – 1 January 2008
tude – 2 January 2008
Izzy and the Lizard King – 5 January 2008
Sorbus and Mandbury – 5 January 2008
Haughmond Hunters – 5 January 2008
There are 2 ways to approach my cache. The most scenic approach is via the Haughmond Abbey car park: N 52° 43.904 W 002° 40.818 Alternatively, you could take the most direct route via the Abbey Wood car park: N 52° 43.845 W 002° 40.810
Haughmond Abbey itself, which is sometimes referred to as the Abbey of St John the Evangelist, is located only 4 miles outside of Shrewsbury and is beautifully set on the sloping site of Haughmond Hill.
The colouring of the mellowed stone against the green of the lawns and the trees make the remains particularly lovely. The ruins include parts of the chapter house, refectory and the latter infirmary of the 14th century, but only the foundations of the abbey church.
Close by on the hill is the spot known as Douglas's Leap - where the Earl of Douglas, in flight from the Battle of Shrewsbury, was thrown from his horse and captured by Henry IV's men.
Possibly the best preserved part of the site is Chapter House, which retains the intricate carvings of saints set into the arches. When the Abbey was in use, the canons would meet in the Chapter House to discuss the day-to-day running of the Abbey and religious business with the abbot.
The Abbey was finally dissolved in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. At this time there were 10 canons and the abbot in residence. Following the dissolution, the Abbey passed to Sir Edward Littlejohn and later Sir Rowland Hill and the Barker Family. The site is now in the care of English Heritage.
Yrnir ab fgbar haghearq!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum