What is priory?

  • (noun): Religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress.


A priory is a monastery of men or women under religious vows that is headed by a prior or prioress. Priories may be houses of mendicant friars or religious sisters (as the Dominicans, Augustinians, Franciscans, and Carmelites, for instance), or monasteries of monks or nuns (as the Carthusians).

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Clerkenwell Priory
... Clerkenwell Priory was a priory of the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, located in Clerkenwell, London ...
Clerkenwell Priory - History - Medieval Heyday
... Matthew Paris recounts a party of Hospitallers setting out from the Priory in 1237 for Crusade thus “ the Hospitallers sent their prior, Theodoric, a German by birth ... This was the only Hospitaller priory in England not to be able to pay its own way, due to its having to support and entertain the Grand Prior and ... Royal guests at the Priory included King John in 1212, Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward I) and his wife Eleanor of Castile in 1265 ...
St Alphage London Wall - History - Priory Church
... The second church began as the Priory Church the (probably Benedictine) nunnery of St Mary-within-Cripplegate ... After the closure of the original Church of St Alphage, the Priory Church became the new Parish Church ...
List Of Monastic Houses In Leicestershire - Alphabetical Listing of Establishments
... Alternative Names OnLine References Location Aldermanshaw Priory Belvoir Priory Bradley Priory Holy Hill monastery, Breedon Breedon Priory Buckminster Charley Priory ...

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