Monument record 0058800000 - BIDDLESDEN ABBEY


Historical records of twelfth to sixteenth century abbey, site now occupied by Biddlesden Park House

Protected Status/Designation

  • Planning Notification Area: Site of Medieval abbey at Biddlestone Abbey & 18th century park


Type and Period (2)

  • ABBEY (12th Century to 16th Century - 1100 AD to 1599 AD)
  • CISTERCIAN MONASTERY (12th Century to 16th Century - 1100 AD to 1599 AD)


Cistercian abbey of Ss Mary & Nicholas. Founded 1147, dissolved 1539 (B1).
Substantial ruins existed in 1712, but abbey entirely demolished by 1737 (B3,B16).
Only a few stones now remain, not in situ (B10).
Detailed account, plan etc (B7).
C16 cartulary (B8).
Biddlesden Park House now on site [at NGR](B2).
An unusual decorated medieval floor tile, possibly of late 13th or early 14th century date, was found during landscaping work adjacent to the stable yard and reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. See article for details (B15).

Sources (17)

  • <1>SBC7649 Bibliographic reference: LIPSCOMB 2 PP538-45.
  • <2>SBC14391 Bibliographic reference: SHEAHAN PP262-4.
  • <3>SBC20460 Bibliographic reference: William Page (ed). 1905. A History of Buckinghamshire (Victoria County History) Volume I. Volume 1. pp365-369.
  • <4>SBC13056 Bibliographic reference: RCHM BUCKS 2 PP19-20, 63.
  • <5>SBC13217 Article in serial: RECS OF BUCKS VOL 1 PP81-85, 277-87; VOL 2 PP33-40, 75-79; VOL 16 P54; VOL 17, P421.
  • <6>SBC5708 Bibliographic reference: R Gibbs. 1891. BUCKS MISCELLANY PP 20-22, 335.
  • <7>SBC5801 Bibliographic reference: C W Green. 1966. BIDDLESDEN & ITS ABBEY.
  • <8>SBC3430 Bibliographic reference: G R C Davis. 1958. MEDIEVAL CARTULARIES OF GREAT BRITAIN. p8.
  • <9>SBC3681 Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1983. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
  • <10>SBC10535 Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Field Investigator. OS RECORD CARD SP 63 NW:1.
  • <11>SBC19256 Bibliographic reference: Browne Willis. 1717. An History of the Mitred Parliametary Abbies. Vol 2. p11.
  • <12>SBC19002 Unpublished document: Buckinghamshire County Museum Archaeological Service. 1998. Historic Parks and Gardens Register Review.
  • <13>SBC19003 Map: c. early C19. OS map 1 inch 1st edition.
  • <14>SBC23389 Article in serial: H Roundell. Biddlesden Abbey and its Lands.
  • <15>SBC25141 Article in serial: Michael Farley. 2016. 'A Decorated Medieval Floor Tile From Biddlesden Abbey', in Recs of Bucks 56 pp71-79. Vol 56.
  • <16>SBC20463 Bibliographic reference: William Page (ed). 1927. A History of Buckinghamshire (Victoria County History) Volume IV. Volume 4. pp154-155.
  • <17>SBC25958 Bibliographic reference: Ian Beckett. 2015. Wanton Troopers: Buckinghamshire in the Civil Wars 1640-1660.


Grid reference SP 6326 3991 (point)
Civil Parish BIDDLESDEN, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Finds (1)

  • FLOOR TILE (13th Century to 14th Century - 1250 AD? to 1350 AD?)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (0)

Record last edited

Apr 11 2023 2:45PM

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