Shaftesbury Abbey was a Benedictine nunnery (and a major pilgrimage site) from its foundation in 888 by King Alfred the Great and his daughter ∆thelgifu, until its dissolution in 1539. It was reputed to have been one of the most wealthy nunneries in England.
- Newman, J. and Pevsner, N., The buildings of England: Dorset.
Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972, pp. 362-63.
- Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England), An inventory
of historical monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. 4,
North Dorset. London: HMSO, 1972, pp. 61-63: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=128142
- VCH Dorset, Vol 2: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=40143
- Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Gardens website: http://shaftesburyabbey.org.uk/
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