Latton Priory

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Latton Priory in use as a farm building.

Latton Priory was a small priory in Essex, England.

It was founded before 1292 by an ancestor of Thomas Shaa as a community of Augustinian Canons Regular and was constructed on a moated site. The church was rebuilt in the 14th century and together with the dormitory, refectory and cellarer's range formed a square surrounding the cloisters. [1]

The site was abandoned in 1534 at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII. The property was granted to Sir Henry Parker in 1536 but by 1556 had been united with the Latton Hall estate. In 1562 it became part of the Mark Hall estate, who sold it to a tenant after the Second World War.

During much of that time the priory site has functioned as a farm. The farmhouse is believed to stand on the site of the refectory and the remains of the church, a grade II* listed building, have been incorporated into farm buildings. [2] [3]

Recently (2013) proposals have been made to build 2500 houses on the site. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Latton Priory". Partscape. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "A History of the County of Essex: Volume 8". British History Online. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Name: LATTON PRIORY List entry Number: 1111392". English Heritage. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Welcome". Retrieved 24 April 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°44′20″N 0°07′15″E / 51.738794°N 0.120935°E / 51.738794; 0.120935 (Latton Priory)