The Retreat, James Downs, Exeter University

James Downs has shared his research on Aelred Carlyle at The Retreat, Milton Abbas around 1900. We are hoping that this excellent research will be published in due course.

Father Aelred was born Benjamin Fearnley Carlyle (1874–1955), and was a Benedictine monk. Their very small community was along Anglo-Catholic lines and they supported themselves for a short while in Milton Abbas. They had their own wooden chapel at The Retreat, but would process to use Milton Abbey.

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