Thame Abbey

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Thame Cistercian Abbey
location United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom England Oxfordshire
Coordinates: 51 ° 43 '40 "  N , 0 ° 58' 0"  W Coordinates: 51 ° 43 '40 "  N , 0 ° 58' 0"  W.
Serial number
according to Janauschek
Patronage St. Mary
founding year 1138
Year of dissolution /
Mother monastery Waverley Abbey
Primary Abbey Citeaux monastery

Daughter monasteries

Rewley Abbey (1281)

Thame Abbey (Tama) is a former Cistercian abbey around 2.5 km south-southeast of Thame in Oxfordshire in England .


The monastery was donated by Robert le Gait in Otley in the parish of Oddington in Oxfordshire in 1138 and moved to Thame by Bishop Alexander von Lincoln around 1140. It was a daughter monastery of Waverley Abbey and thus belonged to the filiation of Cîteaux . The church was consecrated in 1145 and the presbytery was rebuilt in the early 13th century. King Henry III donated the choir stalls in 1232. In 1281 the monastery sent the founding convention for Rewley Abbey . In 1526 monastery discipline was considered low. In 1535 the annual income of the monastery was valued at £ 256. The monastery buildings, which were partly in ruins as early as 1525, were largely demolished around 1561 after the abbey was dissolved in 1539. After the dissolution, the monastery came to John Williams (later Lord Williams) and Robert Lee and 20 years later to the Wenman family. Thame Park, a large neo-classical house, was built in 1745 for William Wenman, probably Francis Smith. The facility is not open to the public and has been inhabited by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees since 1984 . Today his widow Dvina lives in the building.

Buildings and plant

The church that was left was about 50 m long. Two parallel wings have been preserved from the enclosure, one mainly from the 13th century, the other, the abbot's house, was essentially built around 1535 for the last abbot Robert King. The gate chapel has also been preserved .


  • Anthony New: A guide to the Abbeys of England and Wales. Constable & Company, London 1985, ISBN 0-09-463520-X , pp. 383-384.

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