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Thetford Priory & Gatehouse

The ruins of Thetford Priory can be found at the end of Water Lane, next to Abbey Meadows. The site is owned by English Heritage, and is free to visit. It is open every day apart from Chistmas Day and Boxing Day.

The priory was founded in the 12th Century by the 1st Earl of Norfolk, and was affiliated to the Benedictine abbey at Cluny in France. The priory was suppressed in 1540 during Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the buildings gradually fell into disrepair. A short walk from the main ruins lies a well-preserved gatehouse. Both the Priory ruins (SM:1297875) and the gatehouse (SM:1195946) are both Grade 1 Listed Buildings.

Thetford Priory ruins in October 2010.

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