Waverley Abbey was founded in 1128 and was the first Cistercian monastery to be established in Britain. it is built on a flood plain to the north of the River Wey and in 1201 most of the abbey buildings were badly damaged by flooding. The abbey was rebuilt in the 13th century and the surviving buildings date from this period. The foundations of the new abbey church were laid in 1203-4 but not completed until 1278. In the 14th century a hospital was added to the monastic site. The abbey was dissolved in 1536 by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. (the history was taken from Pastscape). From what I read the last Abbot decided that it was better to go along with the King (Henry VIII) and keep his head rather than oppose him and end up like some of the other Abbots being executed for treason. He and the rest of the monks there ended up with a pension and their lives. The Abbey was demolished and the stone used in local buildings including Waverley Abbey House nearby.
Closer view of the ruins
Quite a few of these round the place, the board shows a view of what the Abbey would have looked like from that point
This looks towards one of the old chapels in the Abbey
This would have been one end of the Abbey
Another information board on how the church was built
The near part is the Lay Brothers Refectory
It's the most photographed part I might add
Looking out towards the house built on the site and where a lot of the stone went from the Abbey
They did have a fire in the place from the look of things
This view when it was use would not have been possible as the monks refectory would have blocked it
The outside of the refectory. You can see where the buttresses used to be and have been removed.
The Monks dormitory from the outside, just over to the right is the river Wey so I have no doubt from time to time they may have gotten their feet wet
View inside the dormitory which if you look you can see some plaster still on the walls to the left
This is the chancel end looking towards the Nave. The wall either side marks the external wall of the chancel.
I Borrowed this photo from the English Heritage Pastscape site and it gives a better Idea to how the Abbey was laid out.