Mattersey Priory

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ECBSheffield
Vương quốc Anh245 đóng góp
thg 4 năm 2022
We stumbled across this when looking at the map and thought we would pay a visit. As others have said, there is no signposting to it once in the village and no dedicated car parking (not much at all) so something to be aware of. The walk up the dirt road was around a mile each way. It was a beautiful day so it was a lovely walk and we even saw a deer on the road in front of us. The ruins themselves are over a stile and through a kissing gate. There were two ponies in the field you need to walk through who did keep walking towards us so we gently had to push them away. We didn't encounter any resistance to seeing the ruins like others have said however there are plenty of signs around private land. I wouldn't recommend this walk to anyone who anyone who might be struggling and probably not great for buggies or a wheelchair or scooter. Personally I enjoyed the walk more than the ruins.
Đã viết vào 1 tháng 5, 2022
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Thank you for visiting and thank you for your feedback. We hope you will visit again. Just a little history of the priory The priory of St Helen stands on a gravel island on the west side of the River Idle, in what was marshland in the Middle Ages. It was established in 1185 by Roger FitzRalph of nearby Mattersey for the Gilbertine Order, the only monastic order to have originated in England. St Gilbert founded the order at Sempringham, Lincolnshire, between 1131 and 1148, originally for women, but with lay sisters and brothers and canons to serve the spiritual needs of the community. There were 26 Gilbertine monasteries, but only 11 housed both nuns and canons. Mattersey was a house of canons only, and its layout is similar to that of monasteries of the Augustinian Order, whose modified rule the canons adopted. The monastery was suppressed in 1538 when the whole of the order was surrendered to the Crown. The remains date mainly from the late 13th century – the original monastery was destroyed by fire in 1279. The badly ruined church, on the north side of the cloister, is of an earlier date. It was rectangular in plan, with the choir of the canons towards its east end, and that for the lay brothers to the west. In the 15th century, a tower was built overlying the north wall of the church, which may have been partly ruinous, as lay brothers were no longer a significant part of the community by that date.
Đã viết vào 17 tháng 6, 2022
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Sean D
2 đóng góp
thg 1 năm 2022 • Cặp đôi
We decided to visit the priory while we were in the area visiting Gainsborough Hall. I wouldn’t recommend making a special trip to visit the priory as there are just a few walls left and the blueprint of what once was.

We parked on the street close the post office and walked 20 minutes up Abbey Road to find the priory. Please note there is no footpath on the dirt road, but is wide enough to walk safely and the residents were courteous as they drove around us.

As noted in other reviews there is signage to explain no vehicles are to access the site through the private land, but by foot is no problem. We didn’t encounter any issues on the Sunday lunchtime we visited. All in all, an interesting stop off while we were in the area if you have an hour or so spare.
Đã viết vào 23 tháng 1, 2022
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Dez S
Ipswich, UK12 đóng góp
thg 11 năm 2021 • Cặp đôi
A long walk from the village, it’s basically in the corner of a farmyard which the landowners self-erected signage makes clear they don’t want you visiting, or using the perfectly legal bridleway that goes to it.
It might be amazing, but we never got to find out because as soon assomeone on the farm saw us on the lane they let their guard dogs out and we had to run away with them in pursuit!
Reading other reviews it seems this is pretty normal for this site.
English heritage should be ashamed to be associated with it, let alone put it in their guide books.
Đã viết vào 20 tháng 1, 2022
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freddiedoncaster
Stockton-on-Tees, UK2.429 đóng góp
thg 1 năm 2022
We walked here after having Sunday lunch locally.
It’s always nice to revisit the ruins, and let your imagination run away with itself!
Well worth a visit.
Đã viết vào 18 tháng 1, 2022
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freddiedoncaster
Stockton-on-Tees, UK2.429 đóng góp
thg 10 năm 2020
Although very rural, these ruins of an abbey are well worth a visit.
A little tricky to get to, but once there it’s quite surreal, so let your imagination run away with yourself !
Đã viết vào 15 tháng 11, 2020
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rebeljenn
Ruislip, UK891 đóng góp
thg 7 năm 2020
There's not too many ruins here, and the access is down a narrow track that makes part of a farm with signage that implies to keep out that you feel bad for visiting it. I did not stay for long - 5-10 minutes, got some photos and read an info board and then left.
Đã viết vào 25 tháng 8, 2020
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Anton E
1 đóng góp
thg 7 năm 2020 • Một mình
Visited the Priory one lunchtime.
Parked in Mattersey Village as the English Heritage website advised.
About a mile walk down a farm track.
You have to cross over a field to gain access to the priory grounds.
There are a few information signs about the history of the site which was quite informative.

A really peaceful site to visit but not much to do once there.
Đã viết vào 6 tháng 7, 2020
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Stephen
1 đóng góp
thg 6 năm 2020
I went down to Mattersey Priory for sunset, I consulted my OS map which shows a bridleway all they way down to the houses. There is a small field to cross via a stile to gain access to the site. The people who live here own this field but are suppose to provide permissive access I believe. They have erected some private road signs on this bridleway. I thought bridleways lead you to a point of interest or a village and not just stop for no reason. It looks like the owners don't want anyone visiting and want to claim the Priory as their property.

OK so I did come out of hours (sunset) and I did film a short scene for my video, but nothing prepared me for the onslaught of abuse and threats of violence that I received whilst visiting. Had they just pointed out in a respectful manner that I was out of hours I would have gracefully left. But I was bombarded with an array of false accusations (saying I was jumping on it), threats of violence and abuse.

This behavior is not justifiable or warranted and after reading other reviews its very apparent I'm not the only one. I am a reasonable peaceful guy and I recognise that after reading the sign it does ask you to visit between the hours of 9 to 5. But judging by the reaction to my visit I don't think the residents want any visitors whatsoever.

I did manage to capture some footage of this ordeal which can be found on Youtube.
Đã viết vào 3 tháng 7, 2020
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Chuck
1 đóng góp
thg 5 năm 2020 • Một mình
...literally! The last couple hundred yards are marked as a private road with farmhouse dwelling. Doesn’t inspire a welcoming vibe. The odd motor vehicle (belonging to the farmer?) along the dusty track brings up a huge cloud of sand.Not much to see - a few foundation remnants and a pile of stones allude to its former glory... lots of imagination required! I note the comments by others about unfriendly encounters with the landowner. It’d be interesting to know if they get any payments from English Heritage for providing access. Otherwise English Heritage should not include it on their list of attractions.
Đã viết vào 17 tháng 5, 2020
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daveashuk
Bristol, UK669 đóng góp
thg 3 năm 2020
You will spend more time walking along the rutted mud road to the priory than at the site. The priory is signposted in the village, but you need to follow Abbey road for approximately 1 mile from the village, I parked on a wide section of road at the village edge, it takes about 15 minutes to walk one way. The site is situated along side a collection of private homes, I guess converted farm buildings. You will see the main structure of the Priory along with an English Heritage information board. Not much else to see at the site. It looks like some of the stones were incorporated into one of the adjoining houses. Worth a visit if passing by, but not really worth a big journey, the photos seen in the reviews is as good a step it gets.
Đã viết vào 25 tháng 3, 2020
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