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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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  • We visited here several times a nice bit of local history.Signage explaining different parts of the ruins are good and interesting to read up about and kids do love running in and out of hiding places...  more »
  • We visited on an open day, there were several volunteers dressed in period costume, all were very informative and gave us a great commentary about the Priory and it's history.  more »
  • Only been once saw a few drug needles everywhere so I wouldn't take kids and I'd watch your step which is a sham it is nice looking  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very interesting historical place and nice place to chill out on a sunny day, shame the mill of the black monks pub is no longer open tho :/
  • Fabulous, 50 years since I was last here, Hasn't changed a bit.
  • Plenty of ruins to look at and climb on, no facilities on site though.
  • 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

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