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 to 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 made the grant as his way of giving thanks for England's deliverance from the first outbreak of the Black Death.
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  • Even though I lived in South Yorkshire for many years, I never got round to visiting Monk Bretton Priory so was pleased to go there during a family visit. I'm glad I did as it is a lovely place away f...  more »
  • This is a former Cluniac Priory with some of the buildings still standing including the gatehouse and a building that is a later addition. There is no entrance fee (or staff) and there are plenty of s...  more »
  • Not worth going out of your way for, as it's not in a particularly scenic setting by a housing estate. But drop by if you're passing. We park there to walk the dog onto a good footpath network & an op...  more »
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  • A hidden gem indeed. This place is down a back lane but absolutely stunning to go visit, especially on a beautiful sunny day. The history that this place has, and the size of it is magnificent. Visiting each place was interesting to see how people lived and prayed during this time
  • Very easy to find just outside Barnsley. Lots to see with very good information boards. Not a large site but we spent 50 mins looking round. Would recommend a visit lots of other things to visit in the area.
  • Nice place to vist in summer loverly to look back in history well kept gardens
  • Hidden gem on the outskirts of the town of Barnsley. Free entry and no staff to bother you. Look around at your leisure imagining how things were. Plenty of information boards describe the layout and usage for each area. Great for photography and wedding photos. Take a picnic. Be aware there are no toilets on site so make sure you go before arriving. Parking is good.
  • A great English heritage site, family and dog friendly as long as you clean up after them. Interesting info and a well kept site. No cafe.
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