Syningthwaite is the site of the Cistercian convent of St Mary, founded c1160 by Bertram Haget and suppressed in 1535, having been heavily in debt in the early C16. At the Dissolution there were 9 nuns, the prioress, 8 servants and other labourers. The priory site is enclosed by a moat and includes a Chapel Garth.
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