We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. The ruins stand in the grounds of the mansion, but may be seen from a nearby road. The Monk's Bridge, as it is still called, on Cold Fell, built by the monks of Calder, is the oldest packhorse bridge in Cumbria; it spans the River Calder, just upstream of the confluence with Friar Gill. It is near the village of Calderbridge History. Calder Abbey was one of the victims, and the Scots raided they despoiled the Abbey and drove out the monks. Calder Abbey, Cumbria “Calder Abbey is not so much lost as hidden away and forgotten,” writes Hyde. The Abbey and grounds are private, and not open to the public, and new trees obscure much of the view from the surrounding land. Ownership passed through many secular hands, in which it still remains. However it may be possible for organised groups of people to visit the abbey mansion. Over 2,000 people attended a celebration led by Dr Thomas Wulstan Pearson, OSB, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Lancaster.. By 1180 a stone church had been built of which the west door is the main survivor today. It is near the village of Calderbridge. How the second lockdown affects UK holidays, What the new lockdown rules mean for your hotel stay in England, Britain's top indoor snow centres and dry ski slopes for a ski trip on home soil, My seven-month journey from Bath to Oxford, following the cut of the canal, 10 wonderful walks through Hardy's Wessex, The best hotels in and around Burford, an enchanting Cotswolds village, How travel can make you happy – even when you're grounded, The best Bonfire Night fireworks, events and activities still happening around the UK, England and the English, as seen from the Thames, Fran Healy: 'I only went on two holidays as a kid – and one of those was to Blackpool', Diwali 2020: Everything you need to know about the festival of lights – and how to celebrate in the UK, Canal boat holidays: The best UK routes, from the Avon Ring to Welsh waterways, Looking for Father Christmas? The latest offers and discount codes from popular brands on Telegraph Voucher Codes, 10 buildings you must visit in your lifetime, Is my staycation illegal? The Abbey has been described as one of the most enchanting in the British Isles. The abbey was surrendered in 1536 by the last abbot, Richard Ponsonby. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. 06 January 2018 | Haunted houses, Haunted locations Calke Abbey is a run down stately home that is now owned by the National Trust in the UK. In 1934 the 800th anniversary of the foundation was celebrated by a mass held in the ruined abbey. Listed buildings in St. Bridget Beckermet, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Calder_Abbey&oldid=925412299, Religious organizations established in the 1130s, Christian monasteries established in the 12th century, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Calder Abbey in Cumbria was a Savigniac monastery founded in 1134 by Ranulph de Gernon, 2nd Earl of Chester, and moved to this site following a refoundation in 1142. At the Dissolution, the only recorded relic in the monastery's possession was that of a girdle (a belt) claimed to have belonged to the Virgin Mary. 28 of the UK's best festive events for families, The best family-friendly Dorset hotels, from adventure playgrounds to fossil collecting, Britain by bike: 'Arriving in the Highlands, I was struck by how weary the locals are', The most romantic hotels in Northumberland, from vast castles to cosy cabins, Britain's most enchanting secret gardens for autumn, Great escapes: The National Trust's most remote holiday homes. At the Dissolution Henry VIII gave the abbey to Sir Thomas Leigh, who pulled off the roof and sold it and anything else he could and reduced the church to a ruin. It was surrendered in 1536 during the Dissolution. It was a wooden building and occupied by twelve Savigniac monks from Furness Abbey under the abbot Gerold. After the Dissolution in 1536, when Henry VIII’s commissioners began their work of closing the monasteries, the monastery buildings slowly became the ruin it is today. Below are a few pictures of the mansion – taken on the 2010 Heritage Open Day – showing the spectacular features and fittings in the Arts and Crafts style. Calder Abbey was surrendered to the King’s Commissioners in February 1536. Ranulf de Gernon (also known as Ranulph le Meschines) founded the abbey on 10 January 1134, and gave a site and a mill to the monks. This page was last edited on 9 November 2019, at 23:57. However, as Abbot Gerold would not resign his abbacy, a dispute arose and they were obliged to leave. Also known as "Matty Benn's bridge", this is still in use today and is open to the public.