First women's abbey in Saintonge, the Ladies' Abbey was founded in 1047. These powerful Benedictine moniales printed currency and had a taste for business.
St. Boniface is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1835 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in a Byzantine style.
All Hallows church, grade I listed, is a focal point in the pretty village of Harthill. The exterior has wonderful examples of architecture between the 12th and 16th centuries and inside can be seen exquisite Italian wooden carvings, a large chancel with marble floors, beautiful stained glass windows and the tomb of the 1st Duke of Leeds. The large peaceful churchyard contains many ancient monuments and the 17th century Old Schoolroom is adjacent.
The inside arcades are 13th century and both are of four bays with low double chamfered arches. The octagonal font was originally square and is a link with Norman times.
All Saints dates from about 1250AD, and much of that structure remains today. In 1893 the south aisle was added and the west end of the church was extended; the 13th century south door was moved, a consecration cross can be seen on the door jamb. The original bell turret was also replaced. Apart from these changes the church is much as it was when built in the 13th century.
This beautiful atmospheric church dates back to the 12th century, but it was during the reign of Henry VIII that All Saints gained notoriety. Visit the church and learn about Thomas Retford, who courageously gave his life for opposing the king's destruction of the monasteries.
As one of England's largest parish churches, All Saints rivals many cathedrals in size. With its stunning gothic style architecture, the eminent art historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described it as 'a church as out of the ordinary for scale as for style'.
The church of All Saints at Londesburgh is an historian's treasure; a wonderful historic building with a plethora of intriguing artefacts and associations with the great and the good. The first record of a church was in the early 12th century, when the powerful Herbert the Chamberlain granted it to his son, William (St William of York). The most likely building date is between 1110-1130, and is seems likely that Herbert himself built the church.
The present church is from about 1400 but there is ample evidence of an earlier 12th century Norman church. The outward appearance is perpendicular but inside is something unique to English parish churches. Described by Nicholas Pevsner as ‘one of the architectural sensations of Cumberland'.
The impressive church at Goxhill provides a great backdrop to some fascinating history. Goxhill sits close to the coast in the north of Lincolnshire, close to Thornton Abbey and Barrow Haven.