The Abbey Church of St Thomas the Martyr and the Virgin Mary was a Premonstratensian Abbey, founded by a group of Canons from Welbeck, its mother house. The building of the Abbey began in 1176 and the official foundation was in 1183.

The land given to the Canons was granted by Robert Fitzranulph, Lord of Alfreton, Marnham and Norton, to expiate his part in the murder of St Thomas a Becket.

After a long history of changing ownership, Beauchief Hall and the Abbey were purchased by Frank Crawshaw who gave the Abbey to the City of Sheffield in 1931.

Beauchief Abbey


Heritage Inspired  Heritage Inspired, a South Yorkshire Faith Tourism Initiative, provides a history of the Abbey.

  You can learn more from their site: click here.

And you can see a guide to the Abbey and its history (a pdf file) by clicking here.


Beauchief Abbey   For information about services and current activities at the Abbey, click here.