Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey nyo͞o´stĭd, –stĕd [key], Nottinghamshire, central England, on the border of Sherwood Forest, between Nottingham and Mansfield. It was founded c.1170 by Henry II in atonement for the murder of Thomas à Becket . It was secularized and granted to John Byron by Henry VIII. Lord Byron lived at the abbey intermittently from 1798 to 1816 he sold it in 1818. His rooms are preserved as he left them.

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