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Halesowen Abbey, Cradley Heath

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Halesowen Abbey was an abbey in Halesowen, England of which only ruins remain. It was located in an exclave of the historic county of Shropshire until 1844. In that year Halesowen was transferred to Worcestershire and then in 1974 to the new West Midlands county.
The abbey was founded in 1215 by Premonstratensian canons under a grant from King John of England and went on to develop close connections with Titchfield Abbey in Hampshire.
The Abbey absorbed the Augustine Dodford Priory in 1464, by an order of Edward IV, and increased its revenues substantially.
The abbey became very wealthy and owned an extensive local estate but it was suppressed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538 and its estates granted to John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland. From that time on, and particularly during the industrial revolution, much of the fabric of the abbey was carried off as building material in the surrounding area. However, some standing structures remain, having been used as the framework of farm buildings.
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  • This 900 year old Abbey is a lovely walk by on the Kings Way' Splendid history Easy acess points all around but go from the Black Horse with a return walk 
    This 900 year old Abbey is a lovely walk by on the Kings Way' Splendid history Easy acess points all around but go from the Black Horse with a return walk  more »
  • I was driving through the area and wanted to take a look at the abbey. There is a busy dual carriageway with no parking. The toad down to the abbey is marked as strictly private. Having eventually... 
    I was driving through the area and wanted to take a look at the abbey. There is a busy dual carriageway with no parking. The toad down to the abbey is marked as strictly private. Having eventually...  more »
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  • English Heritage should really remove this site from their directory. You can't get anywhere near it, the best you can do is tramp through a farmers field for 15 mins to catch a tiny glimpse of what's left of the Abbey across a stream through some trees. Don't bother.
  • Visited via an EH Open Day 30 years ago. It was very well attended. Since then a guy must have bought the land and told everyone to clear off (judging from the reviews, and myself included). Time to compulsory purchase the land and develop as a tourist attraction?

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