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BOLTON PRIORY

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Bolton Priory was founded in 1155 by a community of Augustinian canons. In the early 14th century the priory fell on hard times but recovered and in the later years of the century a programme of rebuilding of the church and some domestic buildings took place. It was supressed in 1539. Following the Dissolution, the bulk of the priory estate was bought by the Clifford family, formerly patrons of the church since 1310. The priory was not immediately demolished. The nave of the church continued in use as the parish church, the corn mill within the precinct operated until the end of the 18th century and some of the cloister buildings were used as dwellings. Only the foundations of the cloister remain, and include the reredorter, prior's lodging, chapter house, frater, parlour, cellarage and infirmary. The gatehouse was eventually incorporated into the 18th century Bolton Hall. Various parts of the priory are Scheduled in addition to containing Grade I, II*, and II Listed Buildings. Please see the separate child records for the individual components of Bolton Priory.

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