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Caption for Beaulieu, The Abbey 1908: Founded as a Cistercian abbey by King John in 1204, Beaulieu is Norman French for 'beautiful place'. Much of the building was destroyed at the Dissolution and many of the stones removed to other sites. This photograph depicts the magnificent ruins of the abbey in their timeless setting.

An extract from Hampshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Beaulieu

In the late sixties a school friend Eric and I were employed one summer at what was then The Montague Motor Museum. We worked for the catering department. In those days on occasion the Beaulieu Estate held medieval banquets, they took place in the great hall on the first floor of the Domus. One morning we were tasked (...Read full memory)

My parents were managers of The Montague Arms for a short while. On sunny days I was allowed to cycle to Hythe and back. I was twelve and fit enough to reach Hythe within half-an-hour! I heard rumours from the staff at the hotel that the Abbey nearby was haunted by the ancient monks who had lived there. I was told that (...Read full memory)

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