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Netley Abbey is a ruined late medieval monastery in the village of Netley near Southampton in Hampshire, England. The abbey was founded in 1239 as a house for Roman Catholic monks of the Cistercian order. Netley's 300-year history was quiet and its monks were best known to their neighbours for the generous hospitality. In 1536, Netley Abbey was closed by Henry VIII, the building was converted into a country house until the beginning of the 18th century, after which it was abandoned.