Abbey found at Abbeytown

It shouldn't have come as a surprise that archaeologists were able to uncover the remains of a 12th century abbey at Abbeytown in West Cumbria, England, but the discovery was made during rebuilding of the more recent Holme Cultram Abbey which burned in 2006.

The 12th century building is believed to have been built in 1150 by the Cistercian Monks from Melrose Abbey. Although there are no plans, archaeologists working at the site think they have discovered the cloisters of the original building. “We have uncovered a medieval drain, some medieval pottery and some bits of dressed stone,” said Jan Walker, one of the dig co-ordinators.