Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

By Hannah Neary, Local Democracy Reporter
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Nuns in a monastery have been caught in a bizarre row about loud chuckles from chickens.

Sisters at Tyburn Convent in Paddington have had to defend their chickens after angry neighbors complained they were too loud.

People living near the convent, opposite Hyde Park, have complained to local councilors about loud bells coming from the premises.

But the nuns said there is not much they could do about the noise.

The mother-in-law, who is in charge of the convent, told the Westminster Labor Group: “It is certainly not a rooster.

Tyburn Abbey in Paddington

Sometimes a hen will start to hatch when it lays an egg, but we are not sure what can be done about this.

“Most of the time they are quiet. Sometimes, unfortunately for the neighbors, one or two hens decide to just chuckle a little before settling down again.”

A newsletter from the Labor Group said: “Residents in the vicinity have once again expressed concern about the loud clucking of the animals in the monastery.”

The monastery, established in 1901, is home to Benedictine nuns.

It is also home to London’s smallest house, measuring just under 100 centimeters.

The building bears a plaque dedicated to 105 Catholic martyrs who lost their lives at Tyburn Gallows in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Tyburn, near the Marble Arch, is a famous site for historical hangings, where about 50,000 people are believed to have died.

It was the site of the King’s Gallows, from the 12th to the 18th century, where all types of criminals were executed.

We visited the monastery for comments but were asked to leave.

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