St Mary's Priory Church, Monmouth, Monmouth

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St Mary's Priory Church, in Whitecross Street, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales, is an Anglican church founded as a Benedictine priory in 1075. The current church dates mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. It was designated a Grade II* listed building in 1952. It is one of 24 buildings on the Monmouth Heritage Trail.History and architectureExteriorThe priory church was founded by Withenoc (or Gwethenoc), a Breton who became lord of Monmouth in 1075 after Roger de Breteuil, the son of William fitzOsbern, was disgraced for allowing his sister to wed the Earl of Norfolk against the wishes of King William. There is evidence in the Book of Llandaff of an earlier 8th century Celtic church at Aper Menei, which is interpreted to be Monmouth, and it has been tentatively suggested that this may have been on the site of the later priory.The priory was granted to the Abbey of St Florent at Saumur, and was consecrated in the presence of William fitzBaderon in 1101. It was extended and became the parish church later in the twelfth century. Few traces of the early building remain, other than a short section of Norman wall.
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  • Great to see a welcoming church. Love the ambience, a whiff of incense. Stayed to light a candle. Obviously well cared for.  more »
  • St Mary's Priory Church is a beautiful, there's no other word for it. There's not masses inside, but it loses nothing for that, because what is there is well worth visiting.  more »
  • I visited this church largely because I think some of my ancestors may be buried here. While looking for their tombs, I was struck by the beauty of the stained glass window at the rear of the church a...  more »
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  • great architecture and nice garden
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