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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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  • Binham Priory is a ruin where a large part of the main nave has been saved and converted into a church. This makes the church exceedingly high - the original Priory was three tall stories. Outside, th...  more »
  • Great on a sunny day, theres a place that sells raw milk just round the corner so we got some milk and had a wander round the priory. there is an abundance of little signs giving you information about...  more »
  • Binham Priory (English Heritage) is an outstanding example of what was left behind at the dissolution of the monasteries. Stone from the Priory has been re-used to maintain the Parish Church which was...  more »
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  • Phenomenally preserved ruins with a operational church built in to it. Great information boards. Its completely free. Massively impressive as you approach.
  • Couldn't believe something so large and seemingly important would be somewhere seemingly so empty. There's an awful lot of character around Norfolk's countryside!
  • Always a treat to visit here. Fascinating exterior. Fantastic interior.
  • Excellent place to visit. Very helpful steward there at my visit. The intacked part is very unexpected inside. All under E H care.
  • 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.