Farming through the ages

Dimock family, before 1918, last farming family who lived in Denny Abbey

The area around Denny Abbey has been farmed for almost 2,000 years, since Roman times. The land here rises slightly above the surrounding fen. This provided a firm base for the barns, stores and monastery buildings, which were constructed from 1159 onwards. Later, the Abbey was adapted to provide a large farmhouse and yard for generations of farming families.

Today you can visit the farmyard and discover how life in the Cambridgeshire countryside has changed over the past 100 years.

The Denny story takes you back in time with displays about this site from the present day to medieval times. You can then go on to the former Abbey buildings and find out about the monks, Knights Templars and the nuns who once lived here.