West front of Malton Priory church
|Other names||St Mary's Priory Church|
|Founder(s)||Eustace fitz John|
Malton Priory, Old Malton, North Yorkshire, England, is near to the town of Malton. It was founded as a monastery of the Gilbertine Order by Eustace fitz John, the lord of Malton Castle. Fitz John founded both Malton Priory and Watton Priory around 1150; some sources suggest that this was an act of penance for his support for the Scots in the Battle of the Standard.
After the Dissolution, the site was bought in 1540 by Robert Holgate, the former master of the Gilbertine Order, who was then Bishop of Llandaff. In 1545 Holgate became Archbishop of York. He founded three grammar schools in Yorkshire, including Malton School (on part of the monastic site).
The priory's main surviving building is the church, which is now a parish church. It is the only church of the Gilbertine Order still in regular use.
The priory church is much abused, though impressive. The depletion of the church was gradual. For example; the upper level of the nave (the clerestory) was removed and the roof lowered in the 1730s. This alteration is not immediately apparent as the west front retains its full height, the only clue being the blocked upper portions of the main west window.
The nave still shows evidence of a serious fire in 1500 which led to a partial rebuilding. There was also a major restoration in the nineteenth century by Temple Moore.
- List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
- List of monastic houses in England
- List of English abbeys, priories and friaries serving as parish churches
- St Mary the Virgin, Old Malton
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- Colin Platt. The Travellers Guide to Medieval England (London: Secker & Warburg, 1985), pp. 172–73.
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