Monk Bretton Priory Houses

Monk Bretton Priory
S71 5QD


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Barnsley is fortunate to have

within its boundary the extensive remains of a Priory, originally founded under the Cluniac order, which offers much for the visitor to appreciate. The open space of the priory grounds and the views across the wooded countryside still convey the feeling of peace and tranquility as benefited monastery life. But this belies the turbulent and often violent past of this sleeping ruin.

It was founded in 1154 as the Priory of St Mary Magdelene of Lund by Adam Fitswane, sited here on the Lund, from Old-Norse 'lundr' meaning a sacred woodland grove. In course of time the Priory took the name of the nearby village of Bretton to be commonly known as Monk Bretton Priory.

It has a rare medieval double pitched roof. These three buildings became dwellings and farm buildings to survive today. The Priory mill, built beyond the precinct, also survives being recently converted to a restaurant. .

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VenueMonk Bretton Priory
AddressBarnsley, Barnsley, Yorkshire, S71 5QD
Opening times10am - 6pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeHouses

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