Thorney Abby

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Thorney Abbey. Today the Abbey is still an active church with regular services for the community of the village and well worth a visit to the Abbey if you're interested in the History of Thorney or the Peterborough area.

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The earliest documentary sources refer to a mid-7th century hermitage destroyed by a Viking incursion in the late 9th century. A Benedictine monastery was founded in the 970s, and a huge rebuilding programme followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. A new church was begun under the abbacy of Gunther of Le Mans, appointed in 1085. It was in use by 1089, but not entirely finished until 1108 Henry I was a benefactor of the Abbey; a writ survives ordering the return of the manor of Sawbridge to the Abbey "and there is to be no complaint of injustice".

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