The monastic order was founded by St Norbert in 1120, at Premontre in France. Its members wore a long white cloak and hood over a white cassock and were known as White Canons. They also wore a white cap or biretta. Like the Cistercian order, they preferred remote, unpopulated places, and were unafraid of hard manual labour. Again like the Cistercians, all their churches were dedicated to Our Lady. They arrived in England in 1143, founding their first house at Newham, eventually growing to 31 abbeys.

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