An abbey is a church that is, or used to be, part of a monastic order, such as the Benedictines, Dominicans or Jesuits.
Whilst abbeys can be found all over the world, in England they ceased to be (formally) called abbeys when the monasteries were dissolved in the 16th Century. For instance, Westminster Abbey is formally known as the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster.
Notable abbeys in Northamptonshire include:
- Brixworth Abbey
- Delapré Abbey
- Northampton Abbey
- Pipewell Abbey