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15 June 2013 - It is many years since I first visited Muchelney Abbey. Muchelney Abbey is a property in the care of English Heritage. The site of the Abbey was effectively an island in the marshy and frequently flooded Somerset Levels. It is believed that the first religious building was erected on the site in the 7th century. The Benedictine monks were not established here until the 10th century. Much of the building was carried out in the 12th century. By the 16th century the Abbey included an Abbey church, a farm barton, an almonry and the parish church of St Peter and St Paul. In 1538 the Abbey was surrendered by the monks to Henry VIII in the course of the dissolution of the monasteries.

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The Abbots house.

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The foundation walls of the abbey. In the background is the parish church of St Peter and St Paul.

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The back of the Abbots house showing the old cloister arches which have been filled in.

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The eastern end of the abbey foundations.