St Botolph’s Priory- The first Augustinian monastery in England

St Botolph’s Priory- The first Augustinian monastery in England

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The priory of St Julian and St Botolph was founded in 1103 and it was the first Augustinian monastery in England by a group of priests with saxon origins. 10943358_794776957260221_825350693_nThe full religious life was embraced in 1090s and in 1100 two priests who were sent to study in northern France introduced the monastic Rule of St Augustine to their fellow priests. As a result Colchester became the first Augustinian monastery in the country and in time, the number of Augustinian monasteries grew to a total of some 200 across England and Wales.

The original structure of the monastery was build much reused brick and stone from the Roman town, where the west end can be dated from 1160 and the eastern half of the church does not survive.

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By the 1530s, the monastery was home to a much reduced community and t was closed on the orders of Henry VIII…

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