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St Nicholas Priory, Exeter

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The Benedictine Priory of St Nicholas or just St Nicholas Priory was a Benedictine monastery founded in Exeter, England, in 1087. At the dissolution of the monasteries the church and chapter house range were pulled down but the domestic buildings were left intact. Parts of the south and west ranges of the monastery survive with the south range now being a museum owned by Exeter City Council.
In 1068 William the Conqueror laid siege to Exeter, where the mother of Harold Godwinson, whom he had just defeated in the Battle of Hastings, was living. After her hasty departure William gave the church of St Olave at Exeter to Battle Abbey. Monks, who were sent from Battle to administer the church and its possessions, set about building a monastery with its own church, which was dedicated to Saint Nicholas in 1087. In the 12th and 13th centuries the Priory gathered gifts of land and property and new monastic buildings were erected as funds permitted. Hospitality was built into the monastic rule and a guest house or wing was essential within a monastery. The monks provided hospitality for pilgrims and other travellers and accommodation for important guests.
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  • Extremely old building and the history will excite you if you are able to get on a tour. You can almost feel the past  more »
  • This super performance, which was a series of cameos, was very engaging, informative and entertaining. Well done to the historical society. All new material despite our previous visits to this oldest ...  more »
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  • Fascinating history, well preserved. Excellent tour guide, really new 'his stuff', well presented. Couldn't take it all in with one visit, will definitely return.... a few times!
  • Very well done history tour. The building is so special, always worth a visit
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