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Coggeshall Abbey (Coggeshall)

Coggeshall Abbey is now a picturesque ruin at Little Coggeshall, otherwise known as Coggeshall Hamlet, a short distance away from Coggeshall town centre in Essex.

There is only a little left above ground, close to the River Blackwater.

The abbey was founded by King Stephen in 1140 and became Cistercian in 1147.

The most conspicuous of the remains is the Chapel of St. Nicholas, which was the gate chapel, built about 1225.

The remaining buildings are mostly in brick, and this is believed to be the oldest use of mediaeval brick in England.

A house built after the Dissolution of the Monasteries is now incorporated into the farm buildings.

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