Isleham Priory Church, Cambridgeshire

Benedictine Monks

The Priory at Isleham was founded in the 11th Century, the Church buildings dating to around 1090. Isleham was an Alien Priory and as such, never prospered in the way other larger English founding did.

Like all the Alien Priories it was dissolved during the reign of Henry V, in 1414. The site was given to newly founded Pembroke College who over time removed all the stonework from the non-ecclesiastical buildings, leaving only the Church building to survive.

It was subsequently left in disrepair when the new Parish Church of St. Andrew was constructed and later came to be used as a barn. It is said a tunnel links the Priory Church to the Parish Church.

The Priory has survived relatively unadulterated over the centuries and is now owned by English Heritage. A key needs to be obtained to gain access to the interior.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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