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MONK SHERBORNE PRIORY

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Benedictine alien priory of St Mary and St John the Baptist, dependent on Cerisy-le-Foret. The priory was founded by Henry de Port circa 1120-30, probably for a prior and 12 monks, and suppressed in 1414. It passed to St Julian's Hospital, Southampton, eventually passed to Queens College Oxford in 1446, and repairs were undertaken in 1843 and 1936. Walls of flint and stone dressings with roofs of tile and slate. The Priory Church is still extant, dated 12th century with additions from the 13th century. It consists of the chancel and crossing tower and the South wall of the nave. The cloister was to the South of the church. Excavations have revealed an earlier church beneath the nave, the east wall of a chantry chapel, footings of the South transept and a North chapel. Roman tile was also recovered.

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