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These ruins are often referred to as Sopwell Nunnery, but it is actually only the site of the nunnery and the remains of Lee Hall.

Sopwell Nunnery was founded here in 1140 but in 1540, after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Henry VIII granted the land to Sir Richard Lee, a soldier, engineer and member of the king’s court. Lee demolished the nunnery and built himself a mansion on its foundations. These ruins are what remains of his Tudor mansion.  

Sopwell ruins, St Albans, Hertfordshire, March 2021


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 8 March 2021

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