The Abbey Archives are one of the largest collections of research material in the South West of England.

The collection contains the centralized papers of the English Benedictine Congregation as well as a substantial collection of material from Downside’s daughter foundation at Ealing, London. The Library is the largest private library in the South West of England. Its strengths are in Philosophy, Theology, Patristics, History, Biblical Exegesis and Sundials. Its Rare Book Collection is one of the finest in the country.

Please note if you want to reproduce any material from the Abbey’s archives you are required by law to seek written permission from the Trustees. The reproduction of photographs also requires the written permission of the Trustees. For further details please click here.

The Archive collections include:

Further details of selected collections can be found from the National Register of Archives by clicking here.

Abbey Archives and Library,
Downside Abbey,
Stratton on the Fosse,

Tel: +44 (0)1761 235 313