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Barking Abbey (Barking)

Barking Abbey was a rich and powerful religious house, situated at Barking in the part of Greater London which was formerly Essex.

The Abbey was founded as a Benedictine house in the 660s by St. Erkenwald, the Bishop of London, for his sister St. Ethelburga.

It remained as an important abbey until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Henry VIII`s reign. The church was then pulled down in 1541.

There was a major archaeological excavation in 1910, and its results can be read on site on stones in the grass.

The only building remaining standing is the 15th century Abbey Gate, known as the Fire Bell Gate.

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