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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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  • We were at a wedding in this wonderful building. Very interesting and well worth a visit. Nice grounds to walk round with some interesting information.  more »
  • have passed this priory so many times, today we stopped, and stepped back in history, our imaginations ran wild with what has happened here over the years, guided tours are arranged, and to be recomme...  more »
  • Wonderful priory ruins adjoining a beautifully restored church with all modern amenities. Well worth an hour to wander around. Inside are little museum exhibits of local finds. Free parking and toilet...  more »
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  • Amazing ruins with the Priory church still in use. Small museum within the church with very reasonably priced souvenirs.
  • Never knew this place was here, totally free to look around the church and the priory ruins. Beautiful setting.
  • Well preserved ruin and small visitor centre connected to church. Good carpark
  • Picturesque part ruin in walking distance of a lovely village. Great masonry and flint walls together with interesting signs explaining the ruins. Well worth a visit
  • Once again this place is fascinating and full of history, the Church is still used for services and the remains of the Abbey have boards with lots of information about the various parts of the Abbey. Very interesting
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