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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century gatehouse
The best surviving features of the medieval priory buildings are the church, cloister, prior's lodging, and the 14th century gatehouse.
The first monastery here was established around 1103 by monks from Lewes Priory, under the patronage of Roger Bigod, one of the most powerful Norman nobles in England. The monks chose a site on the south bank of the river Little Ouse. Sometime between 1107 and 1114 the priory became independent of Lewes, and moved to a site on the north bank of the river. There it remained until 1540, when it was dissolved by Henry VIII.
NB. Do not confuse this monastery with the 'other' Thetford Priory, a Benedictine nunnery.
Open access during daylight hours, year round, except for Christmas Day.
About Thetford Priory
Address: Thetford, Norfolk, England, IP24 1BB
Attraction Type: Abbey
Location: Near Thetford Station, to the west side of the town
Website: Thetford Priory
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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