Priory Church & Cottage - Christchurch, Dorset, UK.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 50° 43.923 W 001° 46.502
30U E 586448 N 5620744
Quick Description: The Priory Church was founded in the 11th Century as an Augustinian Priory & has significant surviving architecture. The Priory survived the dissolution of the monasteries, & was gifted by King Henry VIII to the town of Christchurch, in Dorset.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/28/2014 12:33:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMMBT3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member chstress53
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Long Description:
The main differences from the postcard are the growth of the Trees, some increased, & some reduced.

"Prayer and worship have been offered on this site for more than 1,300 years, and in this Priory Church for over 900 years, by people who have left behind a testimony to their faith in the architecture of this magnificent parish church which dates back to Norman times. We are open every day of the year, and welcome a large number of visitors from across the world." Text source: (visit link)

"A church was established here well before the Norman Conquest and in 1086 it was known as ‘the monastery of the Holy Trinity at Toinham’. The Saxon buildings were demolished under the direction of Ranulph Flambard (a close associate of William the Conqueror and later Bishop of Durham), who envisioned a beautiful church on an ambitious scale; its completion, however, aided by pious and wealthy donors, took almost another 500 years. By 1177, both the church and the town were known as ‘Christchurch’. Legend recalls that during the building work, a roof timber was cut too short but was miraculously lengthened. The deed was attributed to a mysterious carpenter who was thought to have been Christ himself." Text Source: (visit link)

"The story of Christchurch Priory goes back to at least the middle of the 11th century, as Domesday says there was a priory of 24 secular canons here in the reign of Edward the Confessor. The Priory is on the site of an earlier church dating from 800AD. In 1094 a chief minister of William II, Ranulf Flambard, then Dean of Twynham, began the building of a church. Local legend has it that Flambard originally intended the church to be built on top of nearby St. Catherines Hill but, during the night, all the building materials were mysteriously transported to the site of the present priory. Although in 1099 Flambard was appointed Bishop of Durham, work continued under his successors, and by about 1150 there was a basic Norman church consisting of a nave, a central tower and a quire extending eastwards from the crossing. It was during this period that another legend originated, that of the miraculous beam, which was to change the name of the town from Twynham to the present day Christchurch." Text Source: (visit link)
Physical Address:
Christchurch Priory, Quay Road, Dorset, UK

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Description of Postcard Location:
Cottage Rose Garden.

Parking Coorddinates: Not Listed

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