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Monk Bretton Priory, Barnsley
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Monk Bretton Priory is a ruined medieval priory located in the village of Lundwood, and close to Monk Bretton, South Yorkshire, England.HistoryOriginally a monastery under the Cluniac order, Monk Bretton Priory is located in the village of Lundwood, in the borough of Barnsley, England. It was founded in 1154 as the Priory of St. Mary Magdelene of Lund by Adam Fitswane, sited on the Lund, from Old Norse. In the course of time the priory took the name of the nearby village of Bretton to be commonly known as Monk Bretton Priory.The Notton bequestJohn de Birthwaite was Prior of Monk Bretton in 1350. In that year Sir William de Notton, a powerful local landowner, who was later Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, and his wife Isabel, conveyed to him lands at Fishlake, Monk Bretton, Moseley and Woolley. The purpose of the grant was to build a chantry chapel at Woolley Church. Notton directed that prayers were be said for the souls of himself, Isabel, their children, and also King Edward III, Queen Philippa of Hainault and their children. The date of the grant suggests that Notton was giving thanks for England's deliverance from the first outbreak of the Black Death.
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  • It is very cool to look at this place and imagine what it was , what it looked like, all the changes over the centuries. It is hard to fathom just how old some of the historical sites in England can b...  more »
  • First of all, pick a fine day to visit as there are no inside spaces. On entering the site, you have to shut out from your mind the surrounding busy roads and ugly housing estates, and imagine this im...  more »
  • Marvellous hidden little location. A historical little treat . Very dog friendly. Visited on a Thursday afternoon. JD and i were lucky enough to have the place to our selves for a hour. 
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  • Mostly floor level ruins , little in the way of facilities , information boards around the site .... pleasant enough for a stroll around , and for the kids to play
  • Free well worth a visit
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  • An overlooked gem.
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