Delapre Abbey, Northampton

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Delapré Abbey, or more properly, the Abbey of St Mary de la Pré, is an English country house and former monastery situated in the meadows of the River Nene to the south of Northampton. It was founded as a monastery of nuns about the year 1145 and belonged to the congregation of the great Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy, France.The abbey was founded by the Earl Simon de Senlis during the reign of King Stephen and held a Royal Charter from King Edward III. At its founding, the abbey was endowed with land at nearby Hardingstone and held the churches at Earls Barton, Great Doddington and Fotheringhay . King Edward increased their holdings with the churches of Wollaston and Filgrave and also granted them the advowson of the church at Fyfield, Hampshire. He is recorded as giving "ten beams" towards the repair of the church in 1232, and another five oaks for work on the Refectory in 1258.
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  • The Abbey has been beautifully resurrected to a very fine level. There is a great deal to see and do, and you are allowed to touch things and open doors and play with some of the items. I am particula...  more »
  • Now fully opened and what a treat for the whole family. Lots of things to see, touch and feel. A real jewel for Northampton.  more »
  • Excellent opening weekend event. In particular I loved the Falconry display, the jousting and the musket firing. In the abbey there were nice interactive displays for the kids. Entry is well priced es...  more »
  • The wall garden is always a lovely place to visit, and the cafe is a cool place to visit, though it is a little pricey, and there is a huge lake some people go fishing .
  • I found the new tea rooms to be a bit pretentious and expensive. Something a bit more humble would have been perfectly adequate and encouraged us to go more often. Despite that, it's still a lovely place to visit and walk around; plus - miniature railway every month. Choo choo!
  • Tried out the newly opened cafe. A little bit overpriced on the food. The cafe itself is lovely. Seemed a little chaotic,but they are still finding their feet. Wish it every success and I will be back.
  • doing a very good job the abbey is a hidden gem
  • One of the best places in Northamptonshire. Such a beautiful and peaceful place to spend time or walk the dogs. The gardens are beautiful all year round
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