Holy Cross Abbey, 276 Wimborne Road West, Stapehill, Wimborne, Dorset
Stapehill is a 19th century former Cistercian Abbey, near Wimborne, lying within 82 acres of land and gardens. It was once home to a Trappist Order of Nuns and was converted into a leisure attraction by its current owners in 1991 before closing in 2007.

Much of the main building has been converted into arts and crafts units and the main abbey buildings also include the 1851 early English-style church, nun’s chapel, former coffee shop, chapter room, function and ancillary rooms. There are around 54 acres of farmland and numerous farm buildings.

Extract from "Catholic Archives 2002", the journal of the Catholic Archives Society, number 22 (pp.52-53):

THE ARCHIVES OF HOLY CROSS ABBEY, WHITLAND, SA34 OGX, WALES, CISTERCIAN NUNS by Sister Jacqueline Moor OSCO

The community of Cistercian Nuns transferred to Whitland in 1988, having been at Stapehill since 1802. They are happy to provide
the following list of their holdings but stress that the papers are private and not for public perusal.

A GENERAL SUMMARY OF WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR ARCHIVES

THE ARCHIVES INCLUDE:
· Registers of the community from the beginning to the present day.
· Some Chapter conferences of our M. Foundress, Mme. de Chabannes.
· Visitation Cards from the beginning to the present day.
· Book of the Acts of the Chapter.
· Account Books from the beginning to the present day.
· Business papers and documents regarding financial matters, taxes, etc. from the beginning to the present day.
· Business papers and documents regarding repairs and improvements
to the property of Stapehill during our time there.
· Various maps of the district around Stapehill, and plans of the monastery.
· Various letters to Superiors from bishops, abbots and others.
· Letters to the Community from Superiors away at Chapters or meetings.
· Personal papers, notebooks and letters of some sisters.
· Photographs of the community and of single members and friends.
· Letters & papers relating to members of the community, from the beginning to the present day.
· All old papers concerning the running of our Farm at Stapehill.
· Notes and 3 vol. unpublished MS, history of the Cistercian monastery
of Holy Trinity and St. Susan at Lulworth, by a member of the Community.
· Schedules of Vows.
· Wills made by the Sisters.
· Death certificates.
· 3 Folio volumes of Latin Choir Books: Psalter, Antiphonal 1 & 2.

Holy Cross Abbey, Whitland, Wales. Cistercian Nuns, transferred from Stapehill, where we were 1802-1988
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