In and around Crowland
Crowland lies on the southern border of Lincolnshire and is famous for it’s medieval Abbey and triangular bridge, as well as being conveniently located for many historic landmarks.
Ye Olde Abbey Hotel is situated just 50 metres from the historic Crowland Abbey which was founded in the eighth century by the King of Mercia before being destroyed, along with the Crowland community, by the Danes in 866. The Abbey was rebuilt but destroyed by fire in 1091 and again in 1170. Rebuilt again, the Abbey as it is today has been a place of prayer and worship for over 800 years and whilst it is referred to as The Abbey, it is in fact the parish church of Crowland and part of the Church of England in Lincolnshire.
To read more of the history of Crowland Abbey and upcoming events at the church please click here.
This triangular bridge stands in the centre of Crowland on dry land, but used to span the point where the River Welland divided into two streams which flowed through the town. Built between 1360 and 1390, it has three arches within a single over-arching structure and was built as an unusual and economical solution to spanning the junction of two rivers. Land drainage and the re-routing of the river in the 17th century eventually made the Trinity Bridge redundant, although it remains one of only a few bridges in the world that no longer spans any watercourse and as such is a scheduled monument and Grade 1 listed.
Just 8 miles from Crowland, the importance of Flag Fen was discovered in the early 1900s during gravel pit digging when Archaeologists established the existence of Bronze Age ‘Beaker’ style pottery. It wasn’t until 1968 that the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments carried out surveys ahead of the New Town being built which included the first detailed aerial photographs of the area. These photos clearly showed crop marks indicating field ditches and settlements. Further excavations were carried out and producing evidence of early Bronze Age farming communities, neolithic enclosures and ritual spaces.
Flag Fen has produced remarkable treasures as a result of the wet, peaty soil in this area. Further discoveries include a timber platform the size of Wembley Stadium, a number of structures and tools and of course, the Peat Bog Man, the human cadaver naturally mummified in the Peat Bog. Many of these can be discovered at the Bronze Age Centre & Archaeology Park, one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe.
To read more about the centre and upcoming events there click here.