Calderbridge – Calder Abbey Ruins

Calder Abbey Ruins and Mansion

Location : Calder Bridge

Grid Ref : NY 051064.


Calder Abbey was founded in 1134 by Ranulph de Meschines, Lord of Copeland, for a colony of monks from Furness Abbey, originally as a Benedictine monastery. The Abbey has been described as one of the most enchanting in the British Isles.


After the Dissolution in 1536, when Henry VIII’s commissioners began their work of closing the monasteries, the monastery buildings slowly became the ruin it is today.


Chapter house, South transept, the presbytery, and through the crossing to the nave and west doorway.

The privately owned abbey ruins are not normally open to the public, and views from the nearby road or river path are limited. However it is hoped that the ruins will soon be available to visit.


Calder Abbey House. Pic N0796.
Calder Abbey mansion


The grade 1 listed Calder Abbey Mansion is attached to the abbey ruins, and built on part of the original abbey site. The house is not open to the public, and is privately owned. However it may be possible for organised groups of people to visit the abbey mansion. Contact the estate manager for more information. There is no telephone or internet contact – so please write to
Mr Groves, Estate Manager, Calder Abbey, Calderbridge, Seascale CA20 1DZ.


Below are a few pictures of the mansion – taken on the 2010 Heritage Open Day – showing the spectacular features and fittings in the Arts and Crafts style. It is hoped to add more information and history of the mansion soon.


Calder Abbey mansion viewed through the nave.

The ruins stand in the grounds of the mansion, but may be seen from a nearby road.

There is pleasant short walk along a public footpath by the River Calder, starting beside the churchyard at Calder Bridge, and which stops by the house.


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