his Dorset abbey
was founded by Orc, a steward of Canute, and his wife Tola. Orc also became a steward of Edward the Confessor and in Edward's reign
the abbey was populated with Benedictine
monks. At the Suppression of the Monasteries the abbey was closed and the buildings robbed for their stone. Very little remains of the main church buildings but a large medieval barn the size of a church still exists. Also nearby, on a hill overlooking the sea, is a chapel dedicated to St. Catherine that was built in the fifteenth century.