Kirkham Abbey, or Priory, was founded in 1120 ad. It was taken over by Henry XIII in 1539 ad. Henry set about taking all the huge wealth of the church and taking their power away from them. He raised the hugely lucrative abbeys to the ground and reduced the power of the church accordingly.
There’s a lot to be said for that – though his motives were not of the highest.
What we are left with are some amazing ruins!