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Abbey Barn Museum, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Abbey Barn, 45 High St, Kenilworth CV8 1LY, United Kingdom (52°20′53″N, 1°34′59″W)
SP 284723
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Warwickshire
now Warwickshire
  • Harry Sunley

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Feature Sets

After the dissolution of the Abbey in 1538, some of the stone was used for the Earl of Leicester's developments at Kenilworth Castle,c.1570; other stones were used for local building foundations, etc. Loose sculptures from the excavations of 1890 and 1922 are now held in the Abbey Barn museum, an essentially 14thc. monastic building, later used as a barn. The site was covered over in 1967 for preservation.


Loose Sculpture


Kenilworth became an Abbey from c. 1447.

The material described here comes mainly from the 1922 excavation, although the excavation report gives few clues as to provenance. The excavation log-books (if any) have not been located. Future plans for the building will allow a better examination and determination of the radii painted decoration etc.

The vaulting ribs bear a striking resemblance to those at Iffley and Bristol. Iffley was a church of the Kenilworth canons between 1170 and not later than 1279, having been given by Juliana de St Remy, the cousin of the founder's grandson, Henry de Clinton.

There is implied mention of type VI (i) and (ii) in Carey Hill's excavation report, their provenance being the Chapter House, which was compared with that at Bristol Cathedral (also Augustinian). The inside width of the Kenilworth Chapter House was c. 8.60 m giving diagonalsc.12 m - fair agreement with the estimated 6.30 m radius for (i) 1 - 3.

E Carey-Hill, 'Kenilworth Abbey', Birmingham Archaeological Society Trans. and Proc. for the year 1927. 52.