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St. Nicholas Priory, Exeter

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The Benedictine Priory of St Nicholas or just St Nicholas Priory was a Benedictine monastery founded in Exeter, England, in 1087. At the dissolution of the monasteries the church and chapter house range were pulled down but the domestic buildings were left intact. Parts of the south and west ranges of the monastery survive with the south range now being a museum owned by Exeter City Council.HistoryIn 1068 William the Conqueror laid siege to Exeter, where the mother of Harold Godwinson, whom he had just defeated in the Battle of Hastings, was living. After her hasty departure William gave the church of St Olave at Exeter to Battle Abbey. Monks, who were sent from Battle to administer the church and its possessions, set about building a monastery with its own church, which was dedicated to Saint Nicholas in 1087. In the 12th and 13th centuries the Priory gathered gifts of land and property and new monastic buildings were erected as funds permitted. Hospitality was built into the monastic rule and a guest house or wing was essential within a monastery. The monks provided hospitality for pilgrims and other travellers and accommodation for important guests.
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  • Just entering the Priory undercroft is jaw dropping but then you move into Tudor life. There is even a display of ancient medical stuff. Magical  more »
  • Brilliant staff, good prices, well looked after place, grand athmosphere, peaceful environment, fun fatcs to lear, quiet reflection time on what was and still is...need we say more? A stratofab place!  more »
  • Monastery of Saint Nicholas were a Benedictine monastery. Currently it is a museum-House of a wealthy English family, who introduces us to the Tjudorovskoj era artifacts including furniture and other original exhibits.
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  • Beautiful building. Well over 900 years old. Defiantly worth a look when the doors are open.
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