Denny Abbey

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Denny Abbey has a unique and fascinating history. Founded in 1159 as a Benedictine monastery, it then became a retirement home for elderly Knights Templars. After the Templars' suppression for alleged heresy in 1308, it next passed to the Countess of Pembroke, who converted part into a house and established in the rest a convent of 'Poor Clare' Franciscan nuns. This in turn was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539, whereafter the buildings became a farm until the 1960s, with the nuns' great refectory as its barn. Among its tenants was Thomas Hobson, the horse-hirer whose refusal to allow customers to select their mounts gave rise to the expression 'Hobson's choice'. All these changes are still traceable in the building: they are now interpreted for visitors by new graphic panels illustrated by local artist Anne Biggs, together with a time-line tracing the site's history from 4000 BC, a new viewing platform and displays of site finds. Family-friendly activities include imaginative hands-on interactives about medieval tiles, stained glass and arches.

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Farmland Museum

Discover farming through the ages and learn about the rural history of Cambridgeshire with objects displays and interactives for all ages. Visit a village shop and see a magnificent 17th Century stone barn and the workshops, which include a basket maker and a blacksmith.
Explore a traditional Farmworker's Cottage and a Fenman's Hut.

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Located 6 miles North of Cambridge on A10


Opening times (April - October):
12:00 - 17:0012:00 - 17:0012:00 - 17:0012:00 - 17:0012:00 - 17:0012:00 - 17:0012:00 - 17:00
*Bank holiday Mondays opening times 10:30-17:00



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Address: Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum, Cambridgeshire - CB25 9PQ, UK
Phone: +44 1223 860489 / 860988

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