The Abbey was originally founded in 1134 by Savignac monks, and seized under Henry VIII four centuries later.
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The ruins of Rushen Abbey became a popular destination in the early 20th century, mostly because of its peaceful flowery gardens – and because of the strawberries and cream that are still served there today. Located in the Ballasalla area of the Isle of Man, it was originally founded in 1134 by Savignac monks. Shortly after, in 1147, the abbey came under Cistercian rule, following the merging of the Savignac and Cistercian orders, until the monastery was seized and the Cistercians expelled from the island under Henry VIII.