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Newbo Abbey was a Premonstratensian house of canons regular in Lincolnshire, England, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary.

In the Middle Ages, Lincolnshire was one of the most densely populated parts of England. Within the historical county there were no less than nine Premonstratensian houses. Other than Newbo Abbey, these were: Barlings Abbey, Cammeringham Priory, Hagnaby Abbey, Newsham Abbey, Orford Priory (women), Stixwould Priory, Tupholme Abbey and West Ravendale Priory.


Newbo was founded in about 1198 very close to Sedgebrook by Richard de Malebisse or Malbis (d. 1209). Malbis, as one of the judges itinerant of York and heavily in debt to a Jewish banker, had instigated in 1190 a pogrom against the Jews of the city, which may have cost as many as 500 lives. (See the History section of York Castle and the page of Yom Tov of Joigny, an eminent rabbi who was among the victims.)


Newbo was suppressed at Michaelmas 1536 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. However, the monastery had almost been abandoned in 1401 as a result of pestilence and poverty.

Stone coffins were dug up in the area of the abbey in about 1920 by the then Duke of Rutland and are believed to be at present in Belvoir Castle, which is only about four miles from the site.

Abbots of Newbo

  • Ralf, occurs 1227
  • Matthew, occurs 1242
  • William, elected 1276, occurs 1310
  • Ralf, occurs 1401
  • Simon of Mumby, elected 1406
  • John, elected 1412
  • William Gresley, occurs 1433
  • William Bottesford, elected 1436
  • Peter York, occurs 1475 to 1478
  • John Mownckton, occurs 1482 to 1491
  • John Colby, occurs 1494 to 1500
  • William Broil, occurs 1522
  • Richard Carre, last abbot, occurs 1529
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