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Halesowen Abbey

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Halesowen.
In the historic county of Worcestershire.
Modern Authority of Dudley.
1974 county of West Midlands.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO97588284
Latitude 52.44327° Longitude -2.03591°

Halesowen Abbey has been described as a probable Fortified Ecclesiastical site.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


A building associated with Halesowen Abbey known as 'Abbot's Lodging'. This building has been variously described as an infirmary, abbot's lodging, or guest range. It is the only surviving roofed medieval building on the abbey site.
A detailed analysis of the building was undertaken in 1984, which identified four phases, and suggested it was an abbot's lodging, or at least part of a complex. The conclusions drawn from this analysis proposed four phases, and interpreted Phase I of the building as a first-floor hall with a heated solar which was separated by a partition, with a stair turret or private chamber off the hall.
Further investigations between 1987 and 1995 suggested there were in fact six phases, with initially (Phase 0) a 13th century building extending from the west end of the current building. This was indicated by stonework implying the extant building was in fact an addition, although when this was demolished is not known. Phase I (13th century) comprised the western part of the present building with a first floor chamber, and insertion or remodelling of the doorway in the west wall. Later in the medieval period the building was extended to the east, possibly to accommodate a chapel, with a large arched window, buttresses, and external chamfered plinth. Phase 3 saw the conversion of the east end of the building to a heated first floor chamber with a fireplace. Following the Dissolution (Phase 4) the east end was converted into domestic accommodation, including the raising of the first floor, and insertion of a doorway and windows; although it was not thought to be the main residence. Phase 5 included the blocking and alteration of windows and conversion into an agricultural building. The conclusions from this analysis suggested that the building was originally an infirmary with later alterations to accommodate a range of monastic officials. (PastScape 1525026)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1294 Dec 6 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


The Abbot of Hales was granted a licence to crenellate his rooms (quasdam cameras) in 1294. The detached shell of the abbots house remains along with fragmentary parts of the abbey church and buildings. The Abbot of Halesowen was not popular with his tenants and was attacked in 1279 but the licence does appear to be associated with a period of building of the Abbot's quarters although no 'fortified' building is identified. The real 'defense' offered to the abbot by the licence was the sign of royal support and favour.
Despite the enrolled copy of the licence specifically stating this was for Hales, Salop this licence is often attributed to Hailes Abbey, Gloucester. Halesowen was part of Shropshire until 1843/4 when it was moved into Worcestershire.
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