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Binham Priory, Binham
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St Mary's Priory, Binham, or Binham Priory, is a ruined Benedictine priory located in the village of Binham in the English county of Norfolk. Today the nave of the much larger priory church has become the Church of St. Mary and the Holy Cross and is still used as a place of worship. The remains of the priory are in the care of English Heritage.The priory was founded in the late 11th century, as a dependent house of St Albans Abbey, by Peter de Valognes and his wife Albreda. Peter was a nephew of William the Conqueror, and after the Norman Conquest was assigned lands in west and north Norfolk, among them the entire village of Binham. The priory was endowed with the entire manor of Binham, making the prior the lord of the manor, together with the tithes of thirteen other churches in Norfolk. Originally it had 8 monks, rising to 13 or 14 in the 14th century before falling back to 6 immediately before its suppression 1539.A Ley tunnel is said to run from the buildings to an unknown destination and many years ago a fiddler decided to explore these passages; he could be heard for some distance before suddenly ceasing. The fiddler was never seen again.
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  • Lovely place. A real must. A great place for photographers so don't forget the camera. This place needs to be advertised more. 
  • An unexpected surprise. Fantastic building with lots of information freely available. You actually access the property through the original gatehouse with free parking. This should be included in ever...  more »
  • Why is this site so little publicised ? Huge amounts of the old priory remain and the site is well-maintained and very well labelled to help you to understand what you are seeing. Inside the part that...  more »
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  • Very interesting reading the history in the church it was obviously quite a structure in it's day shame about Henry VIII. If you are following a satnav from Stiffkey (A149), mine took me down a farm track and onto a ford, I reversed and turned right along Langham road and drove into the village to the car park.
  • This is an interesting building and would have been huge in its day. Still a large working church on the site today with a bit of an exhibition in side. Good history of the site on informative boards all around. We spent 20 minutes there on an atrociously wet February day but could have spent much longer.
  • For those of us who like visiting historic churches ths is a great find