HALESOWEN, WEST MIDLANDS
Remains of abbey founded by King John in the early 13th century. The abbey was established by Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester, and at first housed Premonstratensian canons from Welbeck in Nottinghamshire. The abbey was in use for 300 years, and was a resting point for pilgrims heading to St Kenelm's Church nearby. In 1538, the abbey was surrendered to the Crown and some of the buildings were demolished. What remains are ruins and parts of ruins that were incorporated into agricultural buildings.
Facilities – at a glance
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open to view at any reasonable time during daylight hours from the public footpath only
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About the area
Discover West Midlands
After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead.
Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins.
Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.
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