Bisham Abbey

Bisham Abbey. Steel engraving. From Eighty Picturesque Views of the Thames and Medway

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The range of luxuriant hanging woods of Bisham now rise in all their splendour, and, as we approach them, the abbey is seen, on the Berkshire side, near the church, at the very edge of the water. This abbey formerly belonged to the Knights Templars; but, on the reformation of that order, in the time of Edward II, the whole was given to the Augustin friars. After the dissolution of monasteries, it fell into various hands, and was at length purchased by the Hoby family, who, some time previous to the year 1592, built the present house, attached to the ruins of the abbey. The property now belongs to lord Bexley. Within the grounds of the estate, close upon the wier, stands the modest church of Bisham, containing some interesting monuments.

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Fearnside, W. G. Eighty Picturesque Views of the Thames and Medway, Engraved on Steel by the First Artists. London: Black and Armstrong, [n.d. after 1837]. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of California at Berkley Library. Web. 30 March 2012.

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