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The priory church of St. Mary and St. Martin by Ray Clarke

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Featured in “Country Churches and Schoolhouses” June 2012
Featured “The English Church” March 2011
Top ten finalist “Architecture British Isles” July 2010

The priory church of St. Mary and St. Martin is one of the oldest examples of Norman architecture in the country. It was part of a Benedictine monastery founded in 1088. This priory was founded by Roger de Builli of Tickhill Castle, one of William the Conqueror’s followers.
The founder and later benefactors endowed Blyth with lands, money and churches. It was staffed at first by monks from the Mother House, Holy Trinity Priory at Rouen France. In 1286 Thomas Russel had to be returned to Rouen because of his intolerable conduct and also John de Belleville, as the climate did not suit him. There are other records of the unruly conduct of French monks.
During a visitation of the priory in 1536 it was alleged that five of the monks were guilty of grave offences and it was surrendered. George Dalton, the Prior, received a pension of twenty marks, and this seems to have been the only pension awarded. The net annual income at the date of the surrender was £180. (£70,000 as of 2010),1
After the Dissolution the east part of the church was demolished and a tower built at the west end of the nave.(information from Wikipedia)

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Wonderful old church and dramatic sky

  • Thanks for the wonderful comment!

    – Ray Clarke

  • klikker
    klikkerover 4 years ago

    Love the sky Ray and the rest of the photo is cool too. Great piece of photographic art. Nick:))

  • Thanks for your comment Nick!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockayneover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture and lovely dramatic sky! I really love this, and thanks for the history lesson – those French Monks hey!!?? Instant fave! S:)

  • Thanks for the Fav and comment Sandra!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    this is superb work Ray.x

  • Thank you for your comment Catherine!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, Ray. Always love reading the historic details!!

  • Thanks for your comment Brenda!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thanks Robert!

    – Ray Clarke

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture, love the old headstones, really has an eerie feel to it.

  • Thanks for your great comment!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Susan Littlefield
    Susan Littlefieldover 4 years ago

    Outstanding capture! Those clouds are amazing, as is the beautiful building.

  • Thanks for your comment Susan!

    – Ray Clarke

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    A superb shot and wonderful sky .

  • Thanks for your comment Irene!

    – Ray Clarke

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Brilliant work Ray, love that sky too…

  • Thanks Don!

    – Ray Clarke

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