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Rushen Abbey

Description: Rushen Abbey is near the village of Ballasalla in the south east of the Isle of Man (NGR 22780 47100). Brown's Popular Guide to the Isle of Man of 1876 says, "A short distance lower down the stream are the few existing remains of the Abbey of Rushen. But little of this ancient seat of learning and piety now remains...The windows and doors are square-headed and "as plain as those of the plainest cottage on the mountain side - clear proof of the ancient character of this religious house and of the limited extent of its revenues at any one time". But humble as are its architectural pretensions, it is a holy and a venerable place, great and good men have lived and laboured within its precincts, and it is the last resting-place of kings and bishops, and mitred abbots...The grounds surrounding the abbey ruins are now rented and culitvated as fruit gardens. The old refectory and dormitory are used as store rooms for the fruit. It is greatly to be regretted that a national relic of such undoubted importance and sanctity should be thus shut in by the private gardens of any one." (p.307)

NGR Easting: 227700

NGR Northing: 470200


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