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Wymondham Abbey

Church Street, WYMONDHAM, NR18 0PH

Wymondham Abbey is a 12th-century parish church, the magnificent remnant of a Benedictine priory that was founded in 1107 by William D'Aubigny and disbanded at the Dissolution. Before that, monks and parishioners had fought for control over the two Norman towers, leading to the intercession of the Archbishop of Canterbury on behalf of the king, Henry IV. Both were dismantled in the 15th century, making way for the splendid edifices seen today but leaving the building without a window at either end. The church, dedicated to St Thomas a Becket, had a chequered history as its fortunes waned and waxed again, and in 1902 major restoration was begun. A highlight from this period is the three-tiered, gilded neo-Gothic altar screen, designed by Ninian Comper. It was dedicated to the fallen of World War I on its completion in 1934.

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Free Free admission

Opening times

Open all year, summer daily 10-5. spring and autumn daily 10-4, winter daily 10-3
Average visit 25 min




Dogs allowed all areas.


Fully accessible. Wheelchair available

Wymondham Abbey


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