Priory Cottages, Steventon

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Priory Cottages (formerly Steventon Priory) is a 14th-century manor house and former monastic grange which had the status of a priory at Steventon in the English county of Oxfordshire (formerly Berkshire).

King Henry I gave the manor of Steventon to the priory of Notre-Dame de Bonne-Nouvelle in Rouen, a cell of the Abbey of Bec in Normandy. It therefore became a cell of Bec and was given the status of a priory. However, a priory church and associated buildings were never built there. It always remained just a monastic grange, the building now called Priory Cottages, served by one or two monks. By the late 14th century, it was leased out to tenants. Later it belonged to Westminster Abbey. It was purchased by the notorious Ferguson's Gang, influenced by close friend CS Lewis;[1] it is now owned by the National Trust.


  1. ^ Hutton-North, Anna (2013). Ferguson's Gang - The Maidens behind the Masks. Lulu Inc. ISBN 978-1-291-48453-3. 

Coordinates: 51°37′08″N 1°19′42″W / 51.618896°N 1.32823°W / 51.618896; -1.32823 (Steventon Priory)