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Crowland Abbey

Crowland Abbey, in Lincolnshire, was originally founded in the 8th century, and is dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin, Saint Bartholomew and Saint Guthlac. In about the 10th century, it came under the Benedictine rule. Part of the abbey church is still in use. Crowland is well known to historians as the probable home of the Croyland Chronicle, begun by one of its monks and continued by several other hands. In 1537, the abbot of Crowland wrote to Thomas Cromwell, sending him a gift of fish: "ryght mekely besechyng yow lordship favorablye to accepte the same fyshe, and to be gud and favorable lorde unto me and my pore house". Despite these representations, the abbey was dissolved in 1539.