The monastic church of St Mary of Rushen: archaeology, architecture and function

Dr Peter Davey, University of Liverpool

6.00-7.00pm, Main Hall, University College Isle of Man (free admission, no booking required)

The results of the excavations carried out at the abbey between 1998 and 2008 are now in the process of being assessed. They have thrown new light on many aspects of the abbey’s plan, dating and history and raised questions about the nature of the church and its place in the evolution of the internal arrangements of Savignac/Cistercian houses during the 12th century. The lecture will assess the archaeological and architectural evidence provided by the church in the context of the Savignac/Cistercian expansion within the British Isles and Scandinavia.

The only surviving above-ground remains of the monastic church at Rushen: does it date from the 1130s or after 1196?
Grey Abbey, County Down founded in 1193 by Affrica the sister of Reginald, Kings of the Isles: does this foundation throw any light on the history of Rushen?