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« on: March 20, 2017, 11:11:19 AM »

SALE OF BOXLEY ABBEY.
There was a large gathering of clergymen when the ancient Cistercian abbey of Boxley and adjoining lands in Kent were offered for public competition in London. The bidding was keen and spirited. The property was put up in lots, the first of which comprised such few remains of the old abbey as are left, 398 acres of land, and a modern bouse. This abbey was founded by the Earl of Kent in 1146, and was once famous for a wooden rood, by which  according to Weever, the priests for a long while deluded the common people, until their frauds and legerdemain were detected." In the 16th century the rood was publicly exposed at St. Paul's cross, London, by the Bishop of Rochester, and was broken to pieces and burnt. The highest sum bid for the abbey and its grounds was £ 15,450, and at that price the property was sold. though the auctioneer declared it was worth at least £20,000.

Flintshire Observer 16/10/1890
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