Bordesley Abbey decayed after the black plague and disestablishment during Henry VIII's reign. There is also a claim that what remained of the abbey was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell's cannons during the civil war of 1642-46. Today there are only ruins left. They are adjacent to the National Needle Museum, celebrating perhaps one of Redditch's most important industries historically. Here is an aerial view of the site today, the building at the bottom is the museum, the ruins are at the top left and the ponds at the top right used to be the Cistercian fish farms. The land around the abbey has a clay-like composition possibly containing iron ore that led, when rain, to the formation of a rivers of red clay. A latin document of the 1200's already refers to the place as "de Rubeo Fossata" (the Red Ditch). Normans also called it Rededich or Rededych. More pictures of the museum and the ruins here. (Source: Old Redditch voices by Anne Bradford).
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