Become a Friend to Crowland Abbey

Crowland Abbey: an historic building in need of friends. Photo: SG131113-228NG
Crowland Abbey: an historic building in need of friends. Photo: SG131113-228NG
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The Friends of Crowland Abbey has an online presence – friendsofcrowlandabbey.co.uk

The Rev Mike Ongyerth says that is important for people who have lived in Crowland and moved away, but who want to maintain some kind of contact with the abbey.

He added: “Of course, it was a place of pilgrimage back in medieval times and we still get pilgrims in modern day visitors .”

The first visitors were those in search of spiritual counsel from Guthlac, who was living a hermit’s life on what was the island of Croyland.

One of his visitors was Ethelbald who, on becoming king of Mercia, fulfilled his vow to build an abbey in honour of Guthlac, laying the foundation stone two years after Guthlac’s death in AD716.

The first buildings were probably of wood or wattle with thatched roofs, according to the abbey guidebook. Major fires and an earthquake damaged or destroyed subsequent buildings. The present parish church is the north aisle of the once magnificent abbey.

The Friends is open to anyone in the community who would like to join.