Commonly called Sopwell Nunnery, the ruins here should more correctly be known as Lee Hall. Sopwell Nunnery was founded on this site in 1140 but the ruins that are visible today are not the remains of the Nunnery. In 1540, after the Dissolution, King Henry VIII granted the land to Sir Richard Lee, a soldier, engineer and adviser to the King. Sir Richard demolished the nunnery and built a house on the foundations. The romantic ruins you see today are all that remain of Sir Richard's Tudor mansion.
Historic house or home, Sacred space, Heritage site
All year round
off Cottonmill Lane, St Albans