Wymondham's history can be traced back to Anglo-Saxon times, and there was once a Saxon church near the Abbey site. Domesday Book records the ownership of the local manors being with Stigand, the last Saxon bishop of East Anglia. Following the Norman conquest, the manors were seized and handed over to William d'Albini. He founded the priory which later became Wymondham Abbey, and his son built the chapel of Thomas