Bill Rudd Collection: Abbey Roads

The late William J Rudd moved to the St Helier Estate in Morden in 1930, aged 5. In 1951 it dawned on him that most of the Estate’s roads were named after British monastic sites – 108 of them – and he conceived the idea of visiting every one of these sites, photographing them and learning what he could about their histories. He would do most of the travelling by bike, he would stay at Youth Hostels, and he would have to fit his journeys into the Post Office holiday schedules. It would take years. It did – it took from 1951 to 2003.

His account of the project has been published by the Society as Abbey Roads: a modern pilgrimage. It is generously illustrated with a good selection from the 645 photographs that he took for the project.

He donated this substantial collection of photographs to Merton Historical Society shortly before his death in 2014. All the photographs have been scanned and can be viewed in Gallery or Lightbox displays by clicking on the links in the table below. The filename displayed with each photograph amalgamates the location, date and negative reference number. For further details about the views, buy the book!

The Society is looking for a more appropriate home for the five boxfiles of photos and ephemera relating to this project.

Abbey or Priory County St Helier Estate Address
Abbotsbury Abbey Dorset Abbotsbury Road
Aberconway Abbey Gwynedd Aberconway Road
Alnwick Abbey Northumb Alnwick Grove
Bardney Abbey Lincolnshire Bardney Road
Bayham Abbey Kent Bayham Road
Beeleigh Abbey Essex Beeleigh Road
Bindon Abbey Dorset Bindon Green
Blanchland Abbey Co Durham Blanchland Road
Bodmin Abbey (Priory) Cornwall Bodmin Grove
Bordesley Abbey Warwickshire Bordesley Road
Boxley Abbey Kent Boxley Road
Bristol Abbey Somerset Bristol Road
Bruton Abbey Somerset Bruton Road
Buckfast Abbey Devon Buckfast Road
Buckland Abbey Devon Buckland Walk
Burnham Abbey Bucks Burnham Road
Bury St Edmunds Abbey Suffolk Bury Gardens
Calder Abbey Cumbria Calder Road
Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey Kent Canterbury Road
Canterbury Priory Kent Canterbury Road
Cartmel Priory Cumbria Cartmel Gardens
Cerne Abbey Dorset Cerne Road
Chester Abbey Cheshire Chester Gardens
Combermere Abbey Cheshire Combermere Road
Crowland Abbey Lincolnshire Crowland Walk
Croxden Abbey Staffordshire Croxden Walk
Darley Abbey Derbyshire Darley Gardens
Dorchester Abbey Oxfordshire Dorchester Road
Dore Abbey Herefordshire Dore Gardens
Dene Abbey see Flaxley Abbey
Easby, St Agatha’s Abbey N Yorkshire Easby Crescent and St Agatha’s Grove
Eggleston Abbey Co Durham Egleston Road
Evesham Abbey Worcs Evesham Green
Faversham Abbey Kent Faversham Road
Flaxley Abbey Gloucs Flaxley Road
Furness Abbey Cumbria Furness Road
Garendon Abbey Leicestershire Garendon Road
Glastonbury Abbey Somerset Glastonbury Road
Halesowen Abbey Worcs Halesowen Road
Hartland Abbey Devon Hartland Way
Hexham Priory Northumbld Hexham Road
Humberston Abbey Humberside Hunston Road
Hyde Abbey Hampshire Hyde Walk
Kelso Abbey Scot Borders Kelso Road
Keynsham Abbey Somerset Keynsham Road and Keynsham Walk
Kinloss Abbey Moray Kinloss Road
Kirkstead Abbey Lincolnshire Kirkstead Road
Langdon Abbey Kent Langdon Road
Leominster Abbey Worcs Leominster Road
Lesnes Abbey London SE2 Lessness Road
Lilleshall Abbey Shropshire Lilleshall Road
Lindores Abbey Fife Lindores Road
Llanthony Abbey Prima Monmouth Llanthony Road
Llanthony Abbey Secunda Gloucs Llanthony Road
Malling Abbey Kent Malling Gardens
Malmesbury Abbey Wiltshire Malmesbury Road
Marham Abbey Norfolk Marham Gardens
Merevale Abbey Warwickshire Merevale Crescent
Meux Abbey E Yorkshire Melsa Road
Milton Abbey Dorset Middleton Road
Missenden Abbey Bucks Missenden Gardens
Montacute Priory Somerset Montacute Road
Muchelney Abbey Somerset Muchelney Road
Neath Abbey Glamorgan Neath Gardens
Netley Abbey Hampshire Netley Road and Netley Gardens
Newhouse Abbey N E Lincs Newhouse Walk
Newminster Abbey Co Durham Newminster Road
Newsham Abbey see Newhouse Abbey
Newstead Abbey (Priory) Notts Newstead Walk
Osney Abbey Oxfordshire Osney Walk
Owston Abbey Leics Olveston Walk
Paisley Abbey Renfrewshire Paisley Road
Peebles Abbey see Tweeddale Abbey
Pershore Abbey Worcs Pershore Grove
Peterborough Abbey Cambs Peterborough Road
Pipewell Abbey Northants Pipewell Road
Quarr Abbey Isle of Wight Quarr Road
Revesby Abbey Lincolnshire Revesby Road
Rewley Abbey Oxfordshire Rewley Road
Robertsbridge Abbey Sussex Robertsbridge Rd and Robertsbridge Grn
Roche Abbey S Yorkshire Roche Walk
Rushen Abbey Isle of Man Rushen Walk
St Agatha’s Abbey, Easby see Easby, St Agatha’s Abbey
St Alban’s Abbey Hertfordshire St Alban’s Grove
St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury see Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey
St Benet of Hulme Abbey Norfolk St Benet’s Grove
St Edmundsbury Abbey see Bury St Edmunds Abbey
Sawtry Abbey Cambs Sawtry Close
Selby Abbey N Yorkshire Selby Road
Shaftesbury Abbey Dorset Shaftesbury Road
Shap Abbey Cumbria Shap Crescent
Sherborne Abbey Dorset Sherborne Road
Shrewsbury Abbey Shropshire Shrewsbury Road
Sibton Abbey Suffolk Sibton Road
Stavordale Priory Somerset Stavordale Road
Stoneleigh Abbey Warwickshire Stoneleigh Road
Tavistock Abbey Devon Tavistock Road and Tavistock Walk
Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucs Tewkesbury Road
Thornton Abbey N E Lincs Thornton Road
Tintern Abbey Monmouth Tintern Road
Titchfield Abbey Hampshire Titchfield Road and Titchfield Walk
Torre Abbey Devon Torrre Walk
Tweeddale Abbey Borders Tweedale Road and Tweedale Green
Twyford Abbey not an ancient abbey site but a 19th-century building in London W3 Twyford Road
Waltham Abbey Essex Waltham Road
Welbeck Abbey Notts Welbeck Road
Wellow Abbey Humberside Wellow Walk
Wendling Abbey Norfolk Wendling Road
Westminster Abbey London SW1 Westminster Road
Whitby Abbey N Yorkshire Whitby Road and Whitby Gardens
Whitland Abbey Carmarthen Whitland Road
Wigmore Abbey Shropshire Wigmore Road and Wigmore Walk
Winchcombe Abbey Gloucs Winchcombe Road
Woburn Abbey Bedfordshire Woburn Road