KAW 2017 – Guided Walk: ‘Breaking the Rule’ (1)

14 Oct 2017, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Hyde Gate

Breaking the Rule

guided_walk_breakingtheruleMonkish Misconduct in Hyde Abbey

Meet in the Abbey gateway, King Alfred Place, at 14:30

As well as touring the abbey site, the walk includes a fascinating insight into a part of abbey life that is quite different from the usual, expected, fairly austere round of quiet devotion, prayer and study. Included in this tour is the story of Hyde Abbey fighting against the bishop as they took different sides in the civil war for the throne between William the Conqueror’s quarrelling grandchildren, Stephen and Matilda. Hear how later, at least two future bishops were officially to admonish the abbots for their monks’ decidedly un-pious behaviour! Learn too how the monks were repeatedly in trouble for breaking the monastic rules and how one abbot was even paid to stay away from the abbey.
There is no charge, but advance booking is required.
Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.



This event is fully booked.