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LIMEBROOK PRIORY

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  PRIORY OF ST MARY
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The ruined remains of a priory of nuns, founded here in or before the reign of Richard I (1189-99), either by Rob de Lingen or one of the Mortimers. There is some confusion as to the order to which it belonged with some debate as to whether it was originally Benedictine, but undoubtedly in the time of Bishop Booth (1516-35), it was tenanted by Augustinian Nuns and subsisted until its suppression in 1539. The ruins visible today consist of the remains of a ruined 13th century building with walls of local sandstone rubble. It has, in the south wall, three single light windows and the remains of a doorway. One jamb of a second doorway remains in the north wall, but most of this end and the east wall have been destroyed. It is impossible to determine what part of the priory this building belonged to; although there are extensive foundation mounds in the field to the east they give no indication of general arrangement. It is probable that nearby houses contain much stonework from this ruin.

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