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What was Wymondham Abbey?

Wymondham Abbey was a Benedictine monastery. William d’Aubigny founded it in 1107 as a Priory (sister house) of St.Alban’s Abbey where a close relative was Abbot. There were frequent disputes between the monks of Wymondham and St Alban’s, and in 1447 the King and Pope agreed that Wymondham should become independent, known as Wymondham Abbey.

The monastery was never large and usually held just 12 to 16 monks, plus lay brothers (who did manual work), novices (monks in training) and servants who worked in the kitchens and on the land. The monks followed the Rule of St Benedict, which said that they must live a simple life of worship, work and prayer.