Keynsham Abbey

Keynsham Abbey

Keynsham Abbey in Keynsham, Somerset was founded by William, Earl of Gloucester for the Augustinian Canons Regular around 1170 and survived until 1539.

After the dissolution in 1539, when the abbey and its possessions were surrendered to Henry VIII, the site was occupied by a house built by the Bridges family.  In 1559 Thomas Bridges bequeathed stone from the late Abbey Church for the repair of the Bridge and causeway over the nearby River Avon.  The house built by the Bridges family was demolished in 1776.

The site was excavated during the building of the Keynsham bypass in the 1960s. Amongst the finds was a fipple flute, a type of early recorder.

The remains have been designated as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.   Note:  there is no public access.

some of the remains of Keynsham Abbey,  photo by Rick Crowley