"Once an abbey dedicated to Dwayna, Sardelac Sanitarium is now used to house those who have suffered serious mental harm during the Searing." -The Guild Wars Manuscripts
Ashford Abbey was an outpost that a lot of quests centered around. Either our heroes would pick up a quest or use it to complete one. Many times a quest may have to do with delving into the catacombs for one reason or another. However, in post Searing, it doesn't have as much going on in the quest field. The catacombs become closed up and inaccessible. Instead of being the abbey it once was, it becomes a Sanitarium surrounded by destruction and searing crystals.