Thetford, Norfolk has the remains of two monastic complexes and a nunnery. These include the Cluniac Priory, a Benedictine Nunnery, and the Holy Sepulchre Church if the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Priory which is cared for by English Heritage. The Priory was founded in 1103 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was one of the last monastic housed closed by Henry VIII in 1540.
The site is open to the public during daylight hours, and it seems favoured by dog walkers. For those with an interest in ecclesiastical history, or architecture the site has a number of signs to describe the various buildings and a little of their purpose.
It was a little drizzly on the day I visited, but I found it an interesting experience all the same, and is often the case in such places, I found it spiritually moving.
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It fascinates, how much, or how little remains of these monasteries; some seem barely touched, just hollow shells, while others are nought but rubbly lumps in the grass.
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