14 December 2023, The Tablet

‘Enclosed nuns with unenclosed minds’ – Stanbrook at 400

A pharmacist and a nurse have recently been professed, and there are several teachers, a lawyer and a policewoman.

‘Enclosed nuns with unenclosed minds’ – Stanbrook at 400

The spare design of Stanbrook Abbey in North Yorkshire has won an architectural prize.
photo: alamy/pa, danny lawson

At Christmas, the oldest community of Benedictine nuns in England will celebrate its foundation 400 years ago in 1623 at Cambrai in Flanders. It is a story of lives of contemplative prayer interrupted by exile, suspicion of heresy, imprisonment, fame on the West End stage and several relocations, most recently from Stanbrook in Worcestershire to Wass in the North York Moors.
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