Whilst over in Kent during the Summer we visited Minster Abbey
This abbey dates back to 670 A.D
There is much history to this place but I won't attempt to give more than a brief outline. Anyone wanting more of the ancient and modern history can go to the following link
The history of the foundation of Minster Abbey is well documented in the old chronicles, and supported by several charters of the Kings of Kent. One of these, King Withred's Charter, 699 is the oldest original of it's kind extant in the country.
When St. Augustine landed at Ebbsfleet in 597 and converted
King Ethelbert of Kent, he brought with him a renewal of Christianity which was eagerly embraced by the Anglo Saxons
One of it's most vigorous flowers was the monastic life in which numbers of men and women, many of noble birth, consecrated themselves to Christ. Abbesses were invited to the councils of kings and bishops, their advice sought, and convents became centres of learning and the arts.
To the left here is seen the ruins of the Norman Tower
13th century majesty re-set
The new modern chapel
Today this Abbey is the home of Benedictine Nuns and they also have a number of guest rooms for quiet retreats