Beauchief Abbey is a hidden gem in the south-west of Sheffield. Come and discover some of the Abbey’s rich history and the remarkable changes that have taken place over the centuries. The Abbey and grounds were given to the people of Sheffield in 1932 and there is much to see for everyone who enjoys history and the peace of the countryside.
Founded in 1176 by Premonstratensian Canons the Abbey grew into an important regional church involved in farming, coal mining, tanning and lead smelting. The Abbey’s Canons worked in the community as priests, doctors and teachers. In 1536 Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries forced Beauchief Abbey to be stripped of its roof and the windows were broken. It was left to decay and the land sold to Sir Nicholas Strelley. In 1671 the fine Beauchief Hall was built further up the hill and the old Abbey tower was restored with a chapel added. This remains today, largely unaltered, in the old monastery grounds.
Now an Historic Monument and Grade ll* listed building, the foundations of the Abbey’s Chapter House, Refectory and Cloisters can still be traced from the ruins. The nearby medieval fish ponds are of great interest to botanists, ornithologists and archaeologists.
You can also visit the Abbey church of St Thomas the Martyr and the Virgin Mary. The tower is original, and was remodelled in the 14th century. Inside, the box pews and pulpit are 17th century. There are four bronze plaques showing scenes from the Abbey’s history. Since the chapel was a family chapel until the 1920’s, all the memorials are to the Strelley-Pegge-Burnell family and the Crawshaw family.
The Canons chose this site for a church 800 years ago because of the beautiful location, and our church congregation flourishes and still use the chapel today. We look forward to welcoming you.
If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.
Address: Beauchief Abbey Lane, Beauchief, Sheffield, S8 OEL
Opening Times: Open for services. To arrange a visit please contact us.
Contact: 0845 6529634 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: M1 J33. Follow signs for Sheffield city centre. At Park Square roundabout, follow A61 until it becomes London Road and then Chesterfield Road. Turn right onto Abbey Lane (B6068). Entrance to abbey on left.
Grid Reference: SK 333 819 GB Grid
The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.
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