The irrepressible Leominster Abbey was an Anglo-Saxon monastery established in Hereford sometime around the 7thCentury. After it was attacked and destroyed by the Danes, it was rebuilt as a Benedictine abbey for nuns but in 1046 the abbess was abducted and the convent was closed down. This was not the end of religious life though, in the 12thCentury Henry I incorporated land at Leominster into the foundation of Reading Abbey, which in turn founded a Benedictine priory at Leominster. This new religious house was closed down yet again during Henry VIII’s land grab against the Roman Catholic Church with the priory being destroyed in 1539, the church however survives today. Like many of the roads on the St Helier’s estate this is named after British monasteries and abbeys in remembrance of the area’s historic ownership by Westminster Abbey. The road names are in alphabetical order, of which Aberconway Road in the north west of the estate is first.
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