Thetford Priory, Norfolk

Cluniac Monks

To get to Thetford Priory from the centre of town you need to walk through a fairly ugly underpass. The entrance to the Priory is poorly signposted, but eventually you find your way in and you are wandering amidst the severely battered remains of one of the largest Cluniac Priories in the country.

It was founded in 1103 and operated on a grand scale until the Dissolution. Subsequent centuries have seen the Priory gradual fall into a very poor state. Nothing much remains to any great height in the main body of the Priory today, although the 14th Century gatehouse is in more or less one piece and stands in a private garden nearby (to which you can have access courtesy of the owners).

Thetford Priory is owned by English Heritage and is free to enter.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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