The Priory was built in 1134 for a community of Augustinian Canons who lived and worshipped here for over 400 years. In 1536 the Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII when life at Norton changed for ever. The estate was sold to the Brooke family in 1545 and Norton Hall became a family home. Thirteen generations of the Brooke family lived here from 1545 to 1921 when the family left and the mansion house was demolished.
|The ruins with the rescued Undercroft in the background (the window in the roof is to enable an overview of the ruins.)|
|Sorry about the chairs Adrian!|
|This was the entrance with a cycle path in front. I couldn't resist the novel warning sign.|
|Signs don't come like this very often. Brilliant!|