Hopes of uncovering history at 900 year old abbey

An abbey that was damaged in an arson attack in 2006 will now undergo excavation work. It's hoped will provide snapshot of what life was really like at the 900 year old abbey.

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Dig at abbey hopes to uncover 900 years of history

The dig will continue until 25th July Credit: ITV Border

A dig has begun at an abbey in Abbeytown.

The team are looking for evidence of a dining room and a kitchen plus rubbish to suggest what the monks ate and how they used their surroundings.

It is believed that Holm Cultram Abbey was largest monastic house in Cumberland. Credit: ITV Border

Holm Cultram Abbey was founded by the monks of Melrose in 1150. During the 12th and 13th centuries it was famous for its salt production and export of wool.

It's believed the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538 and the place became derelict.

This was part of ongoing research by the Society into the history and archaeology of the Abbey. Credit: ITV Border

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