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Brinkburn Priory (Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst)

These are the remains of a small medieval Augustinian priory dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The remains include a church, the site of cloister ranges, mill, mill race, main gate and a late 16th century dwelling, as well as a wide range of service and ancillary buildings in the monastic precinct. A 19th century mansion stands adjacent to the church. The priory was founded in about 1135 by William Bertram I, Baron of Mitford. It was never a wealthy place and suffered during the 14th century Scottish wars. The priory was dissolved by the first Act of Suppression in 1535, but the church was kept in use until 1683. The present mansion was built in the early 19th century and was occupied until 1965, when all the buildings were placed in State care. This is a Scheduled Monument and a Grade I Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N11306
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst


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