Pinley Priory, Rowington.

Description of this historic site

The site of Pinley Priory, a Medieval Cistercian monastery. The site lies 600m south east of Great Pinley.

Notes about this historic site

1 A small priory of Cistercian nuns was founded in the reign of Henry I (1100-35). It was dissolved in 1536.
2 Remains consist only of portions of the church (PRN 5432), parts of the priory buildings (PRN 5433) and a moat (PRN 5434).
4 The nucleus of the house is of c1500 of close-set timber framing, with a porch wing on the south. Adjoining this on the east is a penthouse of late C18 or early C19 brick.
5 Scheduled as SM 21583.
6 Desk top study of the Priory.
7 Observation was undertaken during repair work at the abbey site. Masonry was observed within two postholes, probably the footing on which a timber sill beam , now largely replaced by brick, formerly sat. This was likely part of the post-medieval barn on the site, but there is a slight possibility that these coud have been the foundations of a monastic outbuilding, re-used for the existing barn. It seems unlikely that the stone footing had ever formed part of a main priory building.

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