‘The Little Church by the Gate’
One part of the Abbey complex which remains to this day is St Nicolas’ Church, once known as ‘The Little Church by the Gate’. The church was built for the lay servants of the abbey to use for their prayers and services and probably served as a contact point between townsfolk and the monastery. The church is in full use today as a parish church and the bells ring out across the market place from the square tower each Sunday. St Nicolas’ is well worth a visit. 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. The church hosts regular events and details can be found here.
For more detailed historical information about the church, visit the history section of our website.