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This is my first post of the New Year and it coincides with my 400th post. It seems like a good time to start a new series.
Founded in 1398, Mount Grace Priory was home to an order of Carthusian Monks. Unlike some other orders, Carthusian monks lived as hermits in their own cells and didn’t socialise with each other. Lay brothers provided them with food left in a niche in the wall of their cell.
The church shown here was built for the lay brothers and visitors, as the monks themselves prayed in their own cells. The bell tower was added in 1420 and further additions made in 1530.
When Henry VIII created the English church and cut himself off from Catholicism, an Act of Parliament suppressed all the monasteries in 1536. Commissioners visited each monastery and “persuaded” them to surrender to the king. In 1540 Mount Grace and its lands were sold and the monastery was left to decay. Many monasteries were actually demolished at the time. This became known as the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Mount Grace Priory can be found on a turning off the A19 between the Thirsk and Northallerton turn-offs. It is now owned and maintained by English Heritage. I'm making use of the membership I bought at Helmsley Castle

Whilst the tripod was level when I took this, as checked on the spirit level, the photo looked tilted. It was difficult to work with as very few of the verticals are parallel. In the end I went by eye.

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