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Ruins of Old Quarr Abbey

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The ruins of old Quarr Abbey were the remains of a mediaeval Cistercian monastery, located midway between Fish House and Binstead, at Quarr Farm, and a short distance from the sea. Quarr Farmhouse was built into the ruins.

The Abbey was founded in 1132, and flourished for some 400 years until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It was closed in 1536. The Abbey buildings were pulled down soon afterwards, and in 1539 much of the stone was removed to construct forts at East and West Cowes. In 1537, John Mill had leased the site of the Abbey, and in 1544, with his brother George Mill, purchased the manor of Quarr, including the site. In 1609, John Mill’s grandson, Sir Richard Mill, sold this together with most of his other Island property to Sir Thomas Fleming. The majority of the Fleming Estate on the Isle of Wight had once belonged to the Abbey.

The site was excavated in 1891. It was sold, with Quarr Farm, in 1912.

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'Reste de l'abbaye propriété de John Fleming' (1866)
'The Remains of Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight Hants the Property of John Fleming Esq', from History of the Isle of Wight, by Sir Richard Worsley, 1781
Remains of east chapel, c.1900
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