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PREEN PRIORY

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A cell for two monks and two lay brothers, dependent on the Cluniac Priory of Wenlock from at least 1244, was in existence as an alien cell at Church Preen from before 1163. It became denizen in 1384 and was dissolved circa 1539. It became known as the Priory of Preen, and a prior is recorded in 1301. The Priory, which extended at right angles from the south wall of the church, appears to have remained unaltered, as the manor-house, until the late 18th century. It was partially pulled down circa 1826, and wholly demolished in 1870 to make room for a new manor-house. This itself was taken down in 1921-2, and the site is now occupied by a house built in the 1930s.

Parish church, formerly part monastic. Circa 1220-50, restored 1866 with south chapel of circa 1920-25. Uncoursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings, machine tile roof. Nave and chancel in one with west bellcote; north porch and vestry, south chancel chapel.

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