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Netley Abbey

Founded in 1239 Netley Abbey is situated in the Parish of Hound in the village of Netley near Southampton on the south coast of England. The Abbey ruin is the most complete late medieval monastery Cistercian monastery on the south coast of England. Almost all of the 13th-century church walls are still standing, along with many walls of the original monastic buildings. The Original abbey building was a house for Roman Catholic Cistercian Monks from Beaulieu who used it for about 300 years, after the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, the building was given to Sir William Paulet who converted it to a mansion house.
The Paulet family retained title of the Abbey property until it was passed to Edward Seymour, earl of Hertford in 1602. The Abbey passed though other family members until the start of the 18th century when it was abandoned, falling to ruin the Abbey was partially demolished for building materials. Subsequently in 1922 the ruins were transferred into the care of the Government by the then owner Mr. Tankerville Chamberlayne.

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