Beauchief Abbey

The Abbey and grounds were given to the people of Sheffield in 1932 and there is much to see for everyone who enjoys history and the peace of the countryside.

About this church

Founded in 1176 by Premonstratensian Canons the Abbey grew into an important regional church involved in farming, coal mining, tanning and lead smelting.

The Abbey and grounds were given to the people of Sheffield in 1932 and there is much to see for everyone who enjoys history and the peace of the countryside.

Founded in 1176 by Premonstratensian Canons the Abbey grew into an important regional church involved in farming, coal mining, tanning and lead smelting. The Abbey’s Canons worked in the community as priests, doctors and teachers.

In 1536 Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries forced Beauchief Abbey to be stripped of its roof and the windows were broken. It was left to decay and the land sold to Sir Nicholas Strelley.

In 1671 the fine Beauchief Hall was built further up the hill and the old Abbey tower was restored with a chapel added. This remains today, largely unaltered, in the old monastery grounds. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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