View Full Version : Lewes Priory

07-06-2011, 09:39 AM
The history from Wiki

The Priory of St Pancras was the first Cluniac house in England and had one of the largest monastic churches in the country. It was set within an extensive walled and gated precinct laid out in a commanding location fronting the tidal shore-line at the head of the Ouse valley to the south of Lewes in the County of Sussex. The Priory had daughter houses, including Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk, and was endowed with churches and extensive holdings throughout England. In Lewes it had hospitiums dedicated to St James and to St Nicholas

In 1264, during the Battle of Lewes, King Henry III installed his forces in the Priory precinct which came under attack from those of Simon de Montfort after his victory over Henry in battle. Henry was forced, in the Mise of Lewes, to accept the Council that was the start of Parliamentary government in England.

The Priory is a nationally important historical site but an almost lost monument of mediaeval England, the buildings having been systematically demolished after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. Some parts of the lesser buildings survive above ground, fenced off within a public park.

This has been restored with funding and was a nice wander on a early Sunday morning after getting chased out of Graylingwell


Monument to the battle of Lewes


Monks entrance to the church


A look through


Not part of the ruins but in the grounds

Thanks for looking

07-06-2011, 10:29 AM
That last photo is adorable. Its like a mini, round Glastonbury tor. :')

07-06-2011, 11:45 AM
alot less hassle than Graylingwell and no fences to vault over

07-06-2011, 12:08 PM
Nice looking spot this

07-06-2011, 12:15 PM
its a lovely spot for a wander

09-06-2011, 07:33 PM
Good stuff mate, nice photos and I love the detail in the history