Monument details

HER Number:66/1/0
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Norton Priory - Augustinian Abbey


Scheduled Monument and Grade I listed building. Norton Priory is the remains of an Augustinian Priory founded in 1133 by William Fitz Nigel, Baron of Halton. Building continued until the Dissolution and the priory was raised to the status of an abbey in 1391.

After the dissolution the Priory was bought by Sir Richard Brooke in 1545. He incorporated the kitchen, the west range of the cloister with the undercroft and tower house into his new timber framed house.

This house survived until it was demolished to build a Georgian Mansion between 1757 and 1770. All that remains from this period of building is an Ice House and a Walled Garden.

A complex moated system surrounded the Priory precinct. This survived until the 18th century and is shown on an estate map of 1757. Excavation has investigated most of the abbey complex showing the earliest structures were two timber aisled halls, occupied during the first phase of construction. They were burnt down some time in the 13th century and a kitchen built in its place. The remainder of the abbey is in stone. The only standing remains of the priory is the undercroft. This is entered through a finely carved 12th century doorway. The undercroft is vaulted and held on plain columns.

Excavation has also revealed the stone foundations of the Guest Quarters, Cloisters and Kitchen. The east range of the cloisters ran below the canons dormitory and contained a chapterhouse, warming room and undercroft.

As well as the building remains, a casting pit for a 12th century bell and a medieval tile kiln were also discovered. A 14th century statue of St Christopher also survives and is shown standing in the outer courtyard in a Buck engraving of 1727.


Monument Types

  • PRIORY (AD 12TH CENTURY to AD 15TH CENTURY - 1115 AD to 1422 AD)
  • ABBEY (AD 15TH CENTURY to AD 16TH CENTURY - 1422 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (I) 1130433: REMAINS OF NORTON PRIORY; Scheduled Monument 1015603: Augustinian Abbey Known As Norton Priory

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66/1/19Related to: Norton Priory - Guest Quarters (Monument)
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66/1/6Related to: Norton Priory - Moat and drainage system (Monument)
66/1/13Related to: Norton Priory - Monastic Kitchen (Monument)
66/1/7Related to: Norton Priory - Priory Church (Monument)
66/1/10Related to: Norton Priory - Refectory (South Range) (Monument)
66/1/24Related to: Norton Priory - Stone feature (Monument)
66/1/23Related to: Norton Priory - Stone surface (Monument)
66/1/12Related to: Norton Priory - The reredorter (Monument)
66/1/16Related to: Norton Priory - Tile Kiln (Monument)
66/1/2Related to: Norton Priory - Timber Aisled Hall I (Monument)
66/1/3Related to: Norton Priory - Timber Aisled Halls Group I (Monument)
66/1/4Related to: Norton Priory - Timber Aisled Halls Group II (Monument)
66/1/5Related to: Norton Priory - Trackway (Monument)
66/1/9Related to: Norton Priory - Undercroft (West Range) (Building)

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