Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk, England

The priory is thought to have been founded in 1089 by William de Warenne the son the 1st Earl of Surrey who had founded England’s first Cluniac priory at Lewes in 1077. Originally the priory was sited within the walls of Castle Acre Castle, but this proved too small and inconvenient for the monks, hence the priory was relocated to the present site in the castle grounds about one year later. It was the home of the first Cluniac order of monks to England and the Cluniac love of decoration is everywhere reflected in the extensive ruins.

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