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Castle Acre Priory.

Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk. 

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Dating back to the 11th century, this beautiful building is in the hands of English Heritage,  It was the home of the first Cluniac order of monks to England and the Cluniac love of decoration is everywhere reflected in the extensive ruins. Founded by the Warenne family soon after the Norman Conquest, for almost 450 years Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk was the home and workplace of monks and their servants, a refuge for pilgrims, and a stopping point for royalty, clergy and nobility. It was also part of a vast monastic network centred on the great abbey of Cluny in France. Today the priory remains are among the finest and best-preserved monastic ruins in England, English Heritages words.Well worth a visit. Cluniac monks
alien house: dependent on Lewes, Sussex ; founded 1089 (or before 1085) by William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey; became denizen: independent from sometime between 1351 and 1374; dissolved 22 November 1537; granted to Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk 1537/8; priors lodgings retained as a residence; passed into ownership of Sir Edward Coke, and remains in that family; in guardianship of Ministry of Works 1929; (EH) churchesofnorfolk by the Old Boi

Postcode PE32 2 XD, just 100 metres from Castle Acres splendid church.

Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Some of the things that can be seen on this site are:
Aisle, Flint, Font, Gallery, Altar, Flying Buttress, Gargoyle, Annunciation, Galilee Porches, Antiphonal, Lectern,Gothic, Grotesque, Apse, Gnomon, Hatchments, IHS, Ambulatory, Glossary, ruined churches, seven sacrament fonts, stained coloured windows, churches of Norfolk, A-Z meaning of church list, religious or pilgrim badges, carvings, naves, alters, graffiti, door knobs, Roman, Saxon, videos. Sustead
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Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Priory.