Monument record RMB 001 - Abbey Farm

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Abbey Farm on site of St Michael and St Felix's Priory (Benedictine).


Grid reference Centred TM 346 819 (236m by 115m)
Map sheet TM38SW


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Abbey Farm on site of St Michael and St Felix's Priory (Benedictine). Founded between 1064 and 1070. In Domesday survey listed as having 12 monks. Suppressed 1528-1530. A survey of the monastery was taken soon after its suppression which records the dimensions of the different buildings (S3)(R1).
Church and moat marked on OS 1: 10560 map (1957 ? ). Benedictine (given as cell to York in reign of Henry I and dedicated jointly in honour of St Michael and St Felix).
Rumburgh church in situ. Large rectangular (irregular) moated site with traces of enclosures. Against parish boundary, at S end of South Elmham All Saints and St Nicholas Green (All Saints Common). AP (S1).
1962: this has now been planned. The area presumably covered by the choir and transepts is open, but no foundations have been discovered, implying that although planned, they were never built. The plan clearly indicates that the W 'tower'is in the nature of a narthex and unique, though its purpose is not so apparent. Communicated by P G M Dickinson (S2).
Scarfe records this as a Domesday Minster (S4).
2000: Geophysical survey identified high resistance anomolies which appear to equate the walls and paths of the cloisters and the associated buildings Priors Hall in the west and Chapter House in the east (S5).

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU (West S E), undated.
  • <M1> (No record type): AP: AJO 5.
  • <R1> (No record type): Dugdale, `Mon', V, 615.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: 2000. Geophysical survey, Rumburgh Church, Rumburgh.
  • <R2> (No record type): AP, AJO 5, 26th July 1979.
  • <S2> Museum Record Card: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. IPSMG, card Rumburgh Priory, 1962.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Victoria County History of Suffolk (Vol I 1911; Vol II 1907). VCH, Suffolk, 2, 1907, 77-79.
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: Dymond D and Martin E. 1999. An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (revised edition). Scarfe N, 'Domesday Churches', 3rd ed 1999,map 21.

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Record last edited

Sep 24 2014 1:27PM

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