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MONKTON FARLEIGH PRIORY AND MANOR HOUSE

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The Cluniac priory of St Mary Magdalene was founded between 1120-5 and was dissolved in 1536. Between 1120 and 1374 it was a dependency of Cluny although administered from Lewes. It became denizen from 1374. The site was excavated in 1744, in 1841 and circa 1880. In 1911 Sir Harold Brakspear traced the first church (completed circa 1150), a second church built alongside it in the early 13th century, the chapter-house, cloister and a late 12th century hall west of the church. A manor house (ST86NW90) was built on the site in the 16th century and incorporates remains. The extant remains of the monastic buildings in the 1950s comprised two partly restored 13th century windows north west of the manor house and in a shed adjoining 12 to 13th century fragments including tiles and sepulchral slabs. East of the house are two stone coffins said to be in situ and a tiled floor, turfed over, said to be the site of a chapel. Outside the precinct on the north are the remains of 2 Medieval fishponds. The gatehouse was probably where the south lodge now stands. The manor house has cellars belonging to the conventual buildings. Reused 12th or 13th century fragments are built in above renewed windows.

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