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Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 666 A.D. Chertsey Abbey, Chertsey, Surrey, UK—Benedictine Abbey Founded by Earconwald, Later 21st Bishop of London; Sacked by Danes in 9th Century; Burial Site of King Henry VI

January 666 A.D. Chertsey Abbey, Chertsey, Surrey, UK—Benedictine Abbey Founded by Earconwald, Later 21st Bishop of London;  Sacked by Danes in 9th Century;  Burial Site of King Henry VI (Later Reinterred at Windsor);  Mentioned in William Shakespeare's Richard III, Act I, Scene 2; 30 Miles SW of London, About 2000 as the Crow Flies


Chertsey Abbey

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Chertsey Abbey
Ruined wall of Chertsey Abbey (165892 0994f2f8).jpg
Ruins of Chertsey Abbey
Monastery information
refounded: 964
Dedicated to
Saint Erkenwald
Important associated figures
Surrey, England
Visible remains
Public access

Chertsey Abbey, dedicated to St Peter, was a Benedictine monastery located at Chertsey in the English county of Surrey.[1][2]

Originally founded by Saint Erkenwald, later Bishop of London, in 666 AD and he became the first abbot. Most of north-west Surrey was granted to the abbey by King Frithuwald of Surrey. Dark Age saints buried here include Saint Beocca, a Dark Ages Catholic Saint from Anglo-Saxon England was also buried here around 870 AD, and ninth century Saint Edor of Chertsey.

In the 9th century it was sacked by the Danes and re-founded from Abingdon Abbey by King Edgar of England in 964. In the eleventh century the monks engineered the Abbey River as an offshoot of the River Thames to supply power to the abbey's watermill. In late medieval times, the Abbey became famous as the burial place of King Henry VI (whose body was later transferred to St George's Chapel, Windsor). The abbey was dissolved by the commissioners of King Henry VIII in 1537 but the community moved to Bisham. The site was given to Sir William Fitzwilliam and now only slight traces remain amongst later buildings. Some very fine medieval tiles from the abbey, some depicting the legend of Tristan and Iseult, may be seen in the British Museum.

One of the Abbey's bells, cast by a Wokingham foundry circa 1380 and weighing just over half a ton is still in use as the 5th of the ring of eight at St Peter's church, Chertsey, and is one of the oldest bells in current use in Surrey.

Chertsey Abbey is mentioned in William Shakespeare's Richard III, Act I, Scene 2.

From the ruins of the abbey, individual letter tiles dating to the second half of the 13th century were recovered.[3] They were assembled to form religious inscription texts on the floor and can be considered a forerunner of movable typeprinting.[4]

The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers holds the advowson of St Peter's, Chertsey nowadays.

Chertsey Abby was owned Dr John Hammond (c. 1555–1617), physician to the royal household under James I, who purchased the site of Chertsey Abbey in Surrey in 1602. Dr.Hammond's son, Lt.Col.Thomas Hammond of Cromwell'sNew Model Army, was named as a Commissioner at the High Court of Justice for the trial of Charles I, and attending no fewer than fourteen of its sittings, he did not sign the death warrant.

Erkenwald teaching in the Chertsey Breviary (c.1300)

Known Abbots of Chertsey

  • Erkenwald founder and first Abbot of Chertsey Abbey.
  • Abbot Beocca monastery sacked 875 by Vikings[5]
  • Ordbert of Chertsey 964
  • Wulfwold, Abbot of Chertsey died 1084.
  • John Corderoy 1537
    folio 6r of a Breviary of Chertsey Abbey


1.     Jump up^ Herbert E. Brekle, Das typographische Prinzip. Versuch einer Begriffsklärung inGutenberg-Jahrbuch 1997 vol72, p58–63 (61f.)

2.     Jump up^ Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt, Englische Holzstempelalphabete des XIII. Jahrhunderts inGutenberg-Jahrbuch 1940 p93–97.

3.     Jump up^ Lehmann-Haupt 1940, pp. 96f.

4.     Jump up^ Brekle 1997, pp. 61f.

5.     Jump up^ Chertsey Abbey history.

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