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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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  • The church started as a priory in about 1100ad and one tower remains in the church. Redesigned in the 1700's with a magnificent tower and West window by Kempe, who made several other important windows...  read more »
  • It was getting towards dusk when we visited this church. Was still open and felt very warm and welcoming with lots of information and the opportunity to light candles and read about the churches histo...  read more »
  • With a sign in front of the entrance we were "all are welcome" in this very beautiful church. It is simple, not pompous and just that appeals to one.
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