Welcome to the
Bordesley Abbey website
This site will provide you with the most up-to-date
information about the Bordesley Abbey Project.
The main focus of the Bordesley Abbey Project
is currently post-excavation analysis and publication of the results
of extensive excavation and fieldwork.
Three monographs have already been published -
on the excavations of the south transept and chancel/crossing/choir
of the abbey church and of the abbey's metalworking watermills and
workshops - and numerous articles. A draft report of Excavations
in the eastern cemetery has been prepared and a study of the
chapel, The gate chapel of St Stephen, is in progress; post-excavation
work on the choir/nave/aisles is at the archive stage. Research
on the granges continues.
2006 saw the completion of an assessment of the
remaining unpublished excavated areas of the abbey (in the church,
cloister and eastern exterior cemetery) and of a project design
for the analytical phase of post-excavation and publication. This
53,000-word assessment was supported by English Heritage and Redditch
A report on the grant received in 2001 from the
Royal Archaeological Institute: Tony Clark Memorial Fund for Archaeological
Science for scientific analysis of decorated tiles is here.
The work of the Bordesley Abbey Project over more
than thirty years is summarised in the illustrated review (2000)
by the project's directors, Grenville Astill, Sue Hirst and Susan
M Wright, which follows.A revised and updated version of this paper
appears in volume 161 of the Archaeological Journal for
2004, published in 2005.
This review supersedes the 1989 project summaries
(by Astill and by Hirst and Wright) in The archaeology of rural
monasteries (ed R Gilchrist and H Mytum, Brit Archaeol Rep
203). Published in 2006, in a special issue of Cîteaux on
tombs and benefactors, was 'Patronage, memorial and burial at Bordesley
Abbey’, by Wright, Hirst and Astill: Cîteaux –
Commentarii cistercienses / Cîteaux Commentarii cistercienses
56 (fasc 1–4) for 2005, 353– 62.