Sopwell Nunnery

Sopwell Nunnery

Commonly called Sopwell Nunnery, the ruins here should rightly be known as Lee Hall. The land on which the nunnery ruins stood was purchased by Sir Richard Lee, an adviser to Henry VIII, who demolished the nunnery and built a house on the foundations.

This romantic ruin is all that remains of the Tudor mansion built around 1560 by Sir Richard Lee. Lee's first house was built on top of the medieval nunnery, which itself dated back to 1140. Visible remains include the gatehouse, one wing of an H-shaped structure, the adjoining cross-wing and a kitchen at the back. With the beautiful walk along the river Ver and the spring and summer flower meadows the site is a perfect spot for a relaxing walk or picnic.

Opening hours Open access
Disabled Access: Sopwell Nunnery is situated in a mainly level grassed area, but there is no path.
Address and contact details
Cottonmill Lane, St Albans
Postcode: AL1 2BY

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