1 EAGLETON NOTES: Norton Priory

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Norton Priory

CJ and I visited Norton Priory.  Only the 12 century Undercroft survives from the original priory.  However the bases of the walls and ruins have been excavated. 

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!

7 comments:

  1. Have I missed something? Was there a pic of the seat you were invited to touch?

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  2. Great images.......I love these places. Thanks.

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  3. such beauty is found in ruins! love that unique stop sign!

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  4. I love that view of the Norman doorway. Nice mix of old and new in your choice of pictures but I too wonder what the seat looked like?

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  5. Loving the signs and that gorgeous stained glass window, Beautiful place.

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  6. GB I love your blog. I have a real interest in UK history especially the monarchy.
    Looking forward to more fantastic pictures of UKs finest and your stories along the way.

    Thanks

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  7. You wouldn't believe it but I didn't take a photo of the seat. It was just a bench type seat but a new one instead of an ancient one.

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