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Ampleforth Abbey – A Brief History
Ampleforth Abbey is home to a Community of Benedictine monks who settled here in 1802 after a period of exile in France followed by a few years in Lancashire. The Community traces its origins back to Westminster Abbey.
The monks are engaged in a variety of works running schools, parishes and a hospitality department as well as an orchard and shop.
What is now a College of over 600 students began in 1803 with pupils from Lambspring Abbey in Germany. There is also a junior school, St Martin’s Ampleforth at Gilling Castle.
In Oxford, Ampleforth has St Benet’s Hall, a private hall of the University.
In 1955, a foundation was made from Ampleforth at St Louis, Missouri USA, which achieved its independence in 1973 and became an Abbey in 1989.
In 1997 the Monastery of Christ the Word was founded at Macheke, Zimbabwe and there are also other dependent Priories called Monasteries in Osmotherley and Bamber Bridge, Preston.
The first Abbey Church built in the 19th century was demolished to make way for completion of the Church which began with the building of the choir in 1924 and was finished and consecrated in 1961.
If you are interested in more historic documents and photographs on Ampleforth Abbey please visit the Monastery Library website.
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