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Tupholme Abbey, Lincolnshire

Tupholme Abbey, Tupholme, Lincoln LN3 5TH, United Kingdom (53°11′55″N, 0°17′18″W)
Tupholme Abbey
TF 144 682
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Lincolnshire
now Lincolnshire
  • Thomas E. Russo
  • Thomas E. Russo
9 January 1995

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Tupholme Abbey is a ruined Premonstratensian house in the village of Tupholme, East Lindsey, 10 miles E of Lincoln. The remains of the abbey are now in the midst of pastureland. The only standing architectural element is the S wall of the refectory which dates from the first half of the thirteenth century. Within the fenced-in area around the refectory there is no sign of Romanesque sculpture. However, at the time the site was visited, two multi-scalloped capitals were discovered half-buried in the high grass beyond the southern fence boundary. Both capitals are in good condition.


Tupholme is not recorded by that name in the Domesday Survey, but it appears to be identical to the Deserted Village of Burreth, which is. A holding in Burreth was sokeland of Great Sturton, held by Odo, Bishop of Bayeux in 1086. A second holding was sokeland of Belchford, held by Ivo Taillebois, and a thrid was sokeland of Ranby, held by Ranulph de Saint-Valery. The abbey was founded some time before 1190 by Gilbert de Neville and his brother Alan. It was staffed by a group of monks from Newhouse Abbey, a Premonstratensian house in North Lincolnshire. Tupholme was suppressed in 1536.


Loose Sculpture


While the exact plan of the church and cloister of Tupholme remain unclear, these capitals most likely come from the early building campaigns in the late twelfth century. Construction at the site continued into the thirteenth entury and the abbey may have been completed by c.1250. The trumpet scallops on these capitals suggest a date in the 1170s.


W. Cocroft and P. Wilson, 'Field Survey of Site of Premonstratensian Abbey of Tupholme', RCHME Archaeological Requests RCH01/001, 1989.

Friends of Lincolnshire Archaeology, Revealing the Abbey: Stone Recording project at Tupholme Abbey, SLI11649.

Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 195241

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record MLI43630

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, Harmondsworth 1990, 770.

Victoria County History: Lincolnshire, Vol. 2 (1906), 206-07.