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Archives in action: Boxley Abbey

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 22 September 2020

Research using KAS archival material can take many forms. Mr Nicholas Hill, of the Maidstone Area Archaeological Group, has kindly provided us with the Boxley Abbey report he put together using material in the Peter Tester archive.


H Bensted sketch of Boxley Abbey

        H.Bensted sketch of Boxley Abbey


"Introduction: The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) are currently renovating the Grade II* listed St.Andrews Chapel close to the Boxley Abbey Precincts. Boxley Abbey itself has also hosted SPAB working parties in 2019 and 2020 where the Abbey buildings have provided training opportunities for SPAB members and scholars. The entirety of the Abbey Inner Precinct is a Scheduled Monument to protect the site’s archaeological resource. P.J.Tester FSA (PJT) published a paper entitled “Excavations at Boxley Abbey” in Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. LXXXVIII (1973) describing the selective excavations that had been undertaken at Boxley Abbey during 1971 and 1972. The limited object of the excavations was to establish the general plan of the church and claustral buildings."


Click here to access the full report.