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Location address: United Kingdom, Waverley
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Waverley Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in England. It was founded in 1128 by William Giffard, Bishop of Winchester. Located in Farnham, Surrey, about 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of the town centre, the abbey is situated on a floodplain, surrounded by current and previous channels of the River Wey. It was damaged on more than one occasion by severe flooding, resulting in rebuilding in the 13th century. Despite being the first Cistercian abbey in England, and being motherhouse to several other abbeys, Waverley was “slenderly endowed” and its monks are recorded as having endured poverty and famine.
Founded in 1128 by the Bishop of Winchester, this was the first abbey in England where monks of the Cistercian settled. An important abbey in its time, it is now a crumbling ruin in a meadow beside the River Way.