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Cormeilles Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Cormeilles) was a Benedictine monastery in Normandy. Cormeilles is now in Eure; the abbey was in the commune of Saint-Pierre-de-Cormeilles. The buildings are now completely destroyed.

Foundation

William FitzOsbern was buried there in 1071[1], and according to Ordericus Vitalis it was one of two religious foundations he established on his estates.[2] The foundation was around the year 1060, and FitzOsbern endowed it richly with lands in England, after the Norman Conquest.

Priories

Chepstow Priory was dependent on Cormeilles, Chepstow having been one of FitzOsbern's grants[3][4]. A cell from Cormeilles also created Newent Priory, at Newent in Gloucestershire.[5] Another priory was at Shirehampton.

Later history

The abbey had fallen into disrepair by the fifteenth century. After a series of partial reconstructions, it was suppressed in 1779.[6]

Notes

  1. Osbern
  2. The Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis (1980, OUP), p. 283; the other was St. Mary's Abbey, Lire.
  3. Janet E. Burton, Monastic and Religious Orders in Britain, 1000-1300 (1994), p. 34.
  4. http://www.striguil.co.uk/chepstow/st__mary's_church.htm, http://www.visionwebsites.co.uk/Contents/Text/Index.asp?SiteId=137&SiteExtra=14722766&TopNavId=287&NavSideId=1489
  5. Alien houses - The priory of Newent | British History Online
  6. http://www.patrimoine-de-france.org/oeuvres/richesses-41-12873-89379-M49747-219873.html, in French

Coordinates: 49°14′15″N 0°23′5″E / 49.2375°N 0.38472°E / 49.2375; 0.38472

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