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Minster in Thanet is the location of an ancient abbey, and one of the countries first nunneries, founded by Domneva in about AD 670.
Domneva was the religious name of Princess Ermenburga and she founded the nunnery on land given to her by her uncle King Egbert, it is said, in remorse for the killing of her brothers Ethelbert and Ethelred, by one of his men, the thane, Thunor.
The Abbey was later raided and sacked by the Danes and fell into disrepair. In the 11th century its lands became part of the estate of St. Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury.
William the Conqueror in part refurbished the priory and church but more substantial rebuilding was carried out by Archbishop de Corbeuil, who rebuilt the church and priory.
With the Reformation the buildings became a farmhouse and remained as such until 1937 when they were purchased by an order of Roman Catholic Nuns who returned them to monastic use and added a new chapel.
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From a local school group published on the Abbey Website:
“Thank you for the tour of the abbey today! The children were so excited to discover that the abbey was in existence even before the Vikings came to this land. They were fascinated by the slit-windows and Norman windows and the old lighthouse tower.”
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