Abbotsbury, monastic sculpture f.95
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Pencil on paper
In 1016, when Canute became King of England, he granted the lands around Abbotsbury to his steward Orc. He went on to found a monastery dedicated to St Peter here. Over the centuries the monastery grew in size, wealth and power.
In the 14th century however, the Black Death and frequent invasions by land and sea diminished the monastery's standing and it started to fall into decline.
During the 15th century the monastery experienced a turn in fortune and many new buldings were added. This renaissance was short-lived after Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 in his aim to establish the Church of England, and the monastery and its associated buildings were sold off.