Shaftesbury Abbey

[Shaftesbury Abbey]


Benedictine nunnery in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England. It was the wealthiest Benedictine convent in England, a major pilgrimage site, and the focus of the town of Shaftesbury. The relics of Saint Edward the Martyr were translated to the abbey on 13 February 981 and resided there for over 500 years. In 1539, by the order of Thomas Cromwell, the abbey was turned over to the government, its buildings destroyed, and its lands sold.

MLA Citation

  • “Shaftesbury Abbey”. Gazetteer of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2009. Web. 13 May 2021. <>