Founded by St. Norbert in 1120, at Premontre, France, the White Canons wore a long white cloak with hood over a white cassock, topped off by a white cap (birretta). They, like the Cistercians, preferred remote, unpopulated sites, and were given to manual labor. Also, like the Cistercians, their churches were all dedicated to "Our Lady."
They came to England in 1143, founding a house at Newham, eventually growing to 31 abbeys. Remains that can be seen, today, include: Dryburgh, Easby, Egglestone and Titchfield.
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