“The Little Church by the Gate”
Another remaining part of the Abbey complex is St Nicolas’ Church, once known as “The Little Church by the Gate”. It was built for the lay servants of the Abbey to use for their prayers and services and probably also as a contact point between townsfolk and Benedictine monastery. It is in full use today as a parish church; on Sundays the bells ring out across the market place from the square tower. Well worth a peek inside, the interior includes a distinctive memorial to the Blacknall family including a puzzling cryptic verse that seems to ignore one of the daughters depicted on the tomb. Abbey concert series showcase excellent musicians in this church on a Sunday at 3.00 pm see the diary.
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