In 1231 it was elevated to abbey status, though it was never a wealthy abbey. In the normal course of events the abbey would probably have suffered the same fate as its sister abbeys under the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry the 8th.
However, before this came about the abbey first suffered a fire, which caused devastation to the church. Then twenty years later the Black Death wiped out the community. The property is now managed by English Heritage. Click here to see the location of the Abbey.