St. Botolph's Priory

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The nave of the priory church

St Botolph's Priory, located in Colchester, England, was the first English Augustinian priory church, founded at the end of the eleventh century from the Anglo-Saxon minster community of Colchester. Only the ruined remains of the nave survive today, under the care of English Heritage. These were designated as a Grade 1 listed building in 1971.

It was the first house of the Augustinian cannons in Britain [1]

St. Botolph's never achieved fame through a library and scriptorium or attracted pilgrims through possession of miraculous relics. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the priory buildings passed to secular owners but the priory church (illustrated) passed into the care of the parish, and served as a parish church.

It became ruined following the siege of Colchester in 1648. [2]

The former exterior plaster has weathered away, revealing the flints and reused Roman bricks of which the priory was constructed; Essex is a region devoid of building stone.

The Borough Council have proposed some works to make the Priory grounds more accessible; this work should take place during the period 2010-12.[3]


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Coordinates: 51°53′15″N 0°54′17″E / 51.8874°N 0.9046°E / 51.8874; 0.9046