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Denny (Denney) Abbey, Ely Road, Waterbeach

History of Denny Abbey

Listed building:

Benedictine abbey church remains c.1150; later C12 and C13 additions by Knights Templars. Converted to Franciscan nunnery in C14 by the Countess of Pembroke (d.1377), and farmhouse after the Dissolution with further C18 and C19 alterations.

Refectory of Franciscan nunnery c.1340

Rebuilt C16 and C17, and west wall C17 and C18. Converted before 1730 to an eight-bayed barn with thatched roof.

Aisled barn. C17. Reused medieval limestone ashlar blocks and gault brick.

Denny Abbey as in the 14th century

For Her Good Estate‘ by Frances A Underhill (2020) describes the friendship of Elizabeth de Burgh and Mary de St Pol. Mary exercised control over the nunneries at Denny and at Waterbeach. The Waterbeach community she eventually relocated to Denny.


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