Mount St. Bernard's Abbey

This Cistercian Abbey was founded in 1835 as a continuation of Garendon Abbey (1133-1538). Includes gardens, high calvery, shop and Abbey Church.

A view of Mount St. Bernard's Abbey with a blue sky background.

Mount Saint Bernard Abbey was founded in 1835 on land provided by Ambrose de Lisle, who was eager to re-introduce monastic life into this country. It was on Michaelmas day of that year that Br Augustine Higgs took possession of the half-ruined cottage in Tynt Meadow. He was soon joined by other monks: Luke, Xavier, Cyprian, Placid and Simeon. Their leader, Fr Odilo Woolfrey, wrote: ‘Here we are. I with my little company, already established in a little cottage on this land in Charnwood Forest which we have named “Mount Saint Bernard.”‘ The monks soon set about cultivating the wild and barren land and the first monastery was opened in 1837, designed by William Railton.

But then, John, the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury, gave a donation for a permanent monastery to be built. The most famous architect of the Gothic Revival, Augustus Welby Pugin, offered his services for free, and in 1844, the new monastery was opened on the site where it still stands today. In 1848, Mount Saint Bernard was raised to the status of an Abbey with the first English Abbot since the Reformation, Dom Bernard Palmer.

Text from the Abbey Website.