Prittlewell Priory
Prittlewell Priory
  • Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 6NB
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Opening hours
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
01:30 PM - 03:45 PM
The above opening times are for the Visitor Centre. The Priory is closed Monday to Friday and open on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm (closed on Sunday from 1:00pm to 1:30pm). The Visitor Centre will close 15 minutes prior to closing time.

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Prittlewell Priory was founded by the Cluniac Order in the early 12th century as a cell to the Priory of St Pancras at Lewes, Sussex.

It was one of the lesser monasteries housing not more than 18 monks. In 1536 much of the building was destroyed and what remained was much altered during the 18th Century. Alterations were made again in the early 20th Century, when the Refectory was restored and partly rebuilt. A number of original features do survive, including a 12th Century doorway with chevron and dog tooth ornamentation.

After the Dissolution the Priory was a private residence and it was granted to Lord Chancellor Audley, who conveyed it to Robert, son of Lord Rich. It afterwards passed with the manor to various families. The last family to live there, the 19th Century Scrattons, are explored in an exhibition inside the house. In 1917 the building was purchased by Robert Jones, and in May 1922 it opened as Southend's first museum.

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