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The old Saxon Abbey church was rebuilt after the conquest of England by its new Norman lords. By 1180 and early Norman cross over Abbey had been completed with a 431 feet (131m) tall spire. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 the Abbey was sold to William Stumpe, a rich merchant who filled the old Abbey buildings with looms to make cloth. In 1500 the West tower fell during a storm demolishing three bays of the nave and leaving only half of the original building standing today....
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