Monument record MCC7202 - Little Horkesley Priory (site of)


Site of Cluniac priory, founded c.1127.


Grid reference Centred TL 9609 3201 (161m by 176m) (FCE)
Map sheet TL93SE
County ESSEX


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Site of priory.<1> Priory was founded during the reign of Henry I by Robert, son of Godebold, and his wife Beatrice, for Cluniac monks as a cell to Thetford Priory. The parochial portion of the church survived until 1940 when it was destroyed by bombing. According to the RCHM the north wall of the nave, 3 feet thick, may have been from the original foundation period. See MCC7200 for description of the Church, to the SW. The priory was suppressed in 1525. According to the RCHM the priory chapel probably extended east from the `existing' chancel and the cloister lay north of it with domestic buildings on the site of the existing house (late C16).<2> According to Rodwell the church was given to the priory of which it then formed a part. The cloisters probably lay north of the church although whether the two were physically connected remains uncertain.<3><4>

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  • <1> MENTION: unknown. unknown. SMR.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: RCHME. 1922. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3. Vol 3, pp.169-171.
  • <3> Monograph: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. Historic Churches: a wasting asset. p.110.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Trans Essex Archaeological Soc. 1942. Trans Essex Archaeol Soc. Vol 23, pp.119-24.

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Sep 14 2016 3:20PM

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