A Monastic Tour of Croxden Abbey, Staffs

5 out of 5 stars


18 mins

0.4 km

By Brett Harding

The 12th century abbey at Croxden was home to 70 Cistercian monks at its peak. Although converted into a farm after its suppression in 1538, the remains are impressive, including towering fragments of its 13 century church, the infirmary and Abbotts lodging.

12 stops

18 mins

0.4 km

Croxden Abbey






  • 1
    Croxden Abbey Map
    The origins of the Abbey - who founded it and why, who lived in it and how they maintained it.
  • 2
    The Infirmary
    Where the old, sick and convalescing monks would have been cared for. Leeches get a mention too...
  • 3
    Abbot’s New Lodging
    A comparatively new addition to the Abbey, find out what happened here.
  • 4
    The Latrine
    Quite the technical achievement for its time, find out about the ‘Reredorter’.
  • 5
    The Dormitory
    Welcome to the ‘Domus Conversorum’, where the monks rested their heads.
  • 6
    The Warming House
    Find out why this room was so important - and popular!
  • 7
    The Refectory
    Welcome to the ‘place where one goes to be restored’...
  • 8
    The Cloister
    The centre of activity for the Abbey’s inhabitants, find out what happened here.
  • 9
    The Church (west side)
    30 years in the making and copied from a Normandy church, welcome to the centrepiece of the Abbey.
  • 10
    The Chapter House
    Find out what happened in this important part of the Abbey and why the windows were built high up.
  • 11
    The Church (east side)
    Find out more about this sumptuously designed part of the Abbey, and who are in the coffins.
  • 12
    The Dissolution of Croxden Abbey
    Learn about what happened after Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538.


5 out of 5 stars
6 reviews
Tom Durrant
25 Sep 2020
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04 Sep 2020
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Vicki Thomas
27 Feb 2020
5 out of 5 stars

Jan Niyazi
14 Sep 2018
5 out of 5 stars

A beautiful area with amazing history. Such a lovely tour through, a brilliant tour through history.

Mario Borza
14 Sep 2018
5 out of 5 stars

An amazing tour! Lovely, beautiful area full of history and natural wonders. Such an insightful bit of storytelling, a brilliant experience for a Londoner to visit somewhere different and quiet!

Sarah Megginson
26 Jun 2018
5 out of 5 stars

Amazing amazing amazing! This was my first visit to the Abbey, and Brett’s tour was the perfect way to find out about its incredibly interesting history. Can’t wait to experience Brett’s next tour!

Jackie Fitzgerald
26 Jun 2018
5 out of 5 stars

Wow! What an insightful, educational tour. Brett is a true storyteller, weaving interesting historical facts through the fascinating story of the Abbeys past.

A Monastic Tour of Croxden Abbey, Staffs

5 out of 5 stars