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Beauchief Abbey, Sheffield

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Beauchief Abbey is a medieval monastic house now serving as a parish church in the southern suburbs of Sheffield, England Beauchief is pronounced bee-chiff.HistoryThe abbey was founded by Robert FitzRanulf de Alfreton. Thomas Tanner, writing in 1695, stated that it was founded in 1183. However, Samuel Pegge in his History of Beauchief Abbey noted that Albinas, the abbot of Derby, who was one of the witnesses to the charter of foundation, died in 1176, placing foundation before that date. The abbey was dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Thomas Becket, who had been canonised in 1172. Tanner stated that Robert FitzRanulf was one of the murderers of Thomas Becket and founded the abbey to expiate his guilt. Pegge also disputed this fact, showing that Robert FitzRanulf had no connection with the murder.The abbey was of the Premonstratensian order founded by Saint Norbert at Prémontré in France. Members of the order are known as White Canons. Beauchief was a small house comprising around 12 to 15 canons plus lay brothers. It had the full range of monastic buildings including the abbey church, cloisters, chapter house, dormitory and refectory. A stream provided water to the Abbey and to fish ponds.
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  • Such a beautiful and peaceful church in a gorgeous area of Sheffield. With views over the Peak District and a historic grave yard. There is an information board outside the church informing you of its...  more »
  • We went to visit as part of the Hertitage weekend and what a little gem. The volunteers were very welcoming and very friendly and answered all of our questions. We were offered tea and cakes and even ...  more »
  • Went for a visit as part of Heritage weekend. Fascinating place, very helpful volunteers. Good information. Nice peaceful spot for what was once a large abbey  more »

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