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IVYCHURCH PRIORY

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Augustinian priory situated to the north of Alderbury Church. There is clear evidence quoted in the Victoria County History, that Alderbury was an extant minster, and that the original cloister abutted it to the North before the church was rebuilt. Domesday Book records that Alderbury church had 5 hides, and the Hundred takes its name from Alderbury, which is strong evidence for it having minster status.The priory was probably founded during the reign of King Stephen and dissolved in 1536. The buildings were then used as a house and later a school. The priory and its church were demolished in 1888. The claustral buildings were arranged to the North of the church, and consisted of the frater, chapter house, kitchens, prior's hall and a chapel. Built of limestone ashlar.

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