TG1642 : The ruins of St Mary's Priory

taken 11 years ago, near to Beeston Regis, Norfolk, Great Britain

The ruins of St Mary's Priory
The ruins of St Mary's Priory
Looking east towards presbytery, from inside former chapel > LinkExternal link

Believed to have been founded by Margaret Cressey in 1216 for a small community numbering two to six Augustine canons (ordained priests who lived according to the rules of St Augustine and served as parish priests for nearby churches). In all probability the adjoining land was farmed by monks; the precinct consisted of agricultural buildings, brewery, guest house, wash house, latrines and probably a smithy. The priory was dissolved in 1539. Its church survived because it was converted into farm buildings.

Presently owned by the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust and in the guardianship of the Norfolk County Council, the ruin is accessible via a public footpath > LinkExternal link. Entering through the main west entrance, one steps into the nave with a side chapel to the north; the church was of a cruciform shape and the crossing (underneath the tower) was located at the eastern end of the nave. There used to be a north and a south transept, and a chapter house adjacent to the latter. The east end was formed by the presbytery, there was another chapel east of the north transept.
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Date Taken
Monday, 5 May, 2008   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 May, 2008
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 167 428 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:56.3490N 1:13.4755E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 167 428
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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