West Acre Priory Gate House- Norfolk
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 52° 42.322 E 000° 38.034
31U E 340143 N 5842122
Quick Description: Not so well known (but once as large) as the priory at nearby Castle Acre, West Acre Priory was founded by the Augustinians in about 1135. Various parts remain but are in private ownership and, although it is a scheduled monument, it has recently been placed on the Buildings at Risk register.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/18/2011 6:15:20 AM
Waymark Code: WMBRT0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
The gatehouse adjoins the churchyard and is the entrance to the outer courtyard of the priory. It dates from the 14th century, and has a lancet window for the upper chamber with a double hollow chamfered arch to the main doorway inside there is impressive vaulting.

The Augustinian Priory was founded in the 12th century in the reign of Henry the first by Ralph de Toni, it was dedicated to St. Mary and All Saints and was a cell of the priory at Lewes in Sussex.
Oliver and Walton who were sons of Ralph de Toni entered the order. Oliver was Prior and also Rector of West Acre in 1190.

The Priory was dissolved in 1536 and only fragments remain, but they can be seen from the church yard and clearly indicate that it was a large and wealthy Priory occupying all the land from the gatehouse to the river.

A treasured possession of the Priory was a Relic of St Andrew – a piece of his finger set in silver. This was sold before the dissolution for forty pounds, a great sum in those days.
Type: Ruin

Fee: No

24/7 can be seen from the roadside

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