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Abbey of Saint Peter
Also known as: Abbaye Saint-Pierre des Préaux
Les Preaux
Departement de l'Eure
Haute-Normandie  France

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Benedictine monastery in Normandy which housed only monks. There are no remaining ruins or stones.

The origin of this Benedictine monastery dates back to the era of "the holy fathers of Fontenelle" before the arrival of the Normans, since it has a reference to its existence in the will of Anségise, abbot of Fontenelle, known now as Saint-Wandrille-Rançon Abbaye, Normandy). Humphrey de Vielles, originally from the family of Beaumont-Meulan, made St. Peter's Abbey Préaux the necropolis of the Counts of Meulan.
In 1033, Humphrey the Old, Seigneur de Pont-Audemer, decided to rebuild the monastery pillaged by the Normans,. and in 1035, the monastic life resumed. In 1066, the first church de Saint-Pierre was completed, and was consecrated in 1099, by the Bishop of Lisieux. At the end of his life, Humphrey the Old became a monk in the abbey, as did his son, Roger de Beaumont, in 1094. Both were buried there.
During the English occupation about 1358, the monastery was entirely destroyed, but the monks later rebuilt a new monastery near the church. In the 16th century, it suffered again from the Calvinists. In 1650, the abbey, which had only a few monks and was almost in ruins, adopted reforms of the Maurists, as did most Norman abbeys. In 1726, the abbey which had been hastily rebuilt in the 14th century, was replaced by a vast monastery.
Dissolved in 1791, during the Revolution, the abbey was sold and used as a stone quarry, stones from which were used to build the road between Pont Audemer and Cormeilles (now D139), passing right by the abbey walls. All that remains now is the perimeter wall of the abbey.
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