The Ruins Of, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Ruins Of, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • English Heritage,
    Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    Thetford,
    IP24 1AD
The only surviving remains in England of a priory of Canons of the Holy Sepulchre, who aided pilgrims to Christ's tomb.

The canons were all ordained priests and the order derived from one founded in Jerusalem that aimed to provide aid to pilgrims visiting the supposed site of Christ’s burial.

Before William de Warenne departed on crusade he endowed the priory with the Church of St Sepulchre and an area of adjoining land, together with all the lands, churches, tithes and manorial rights that he held south of the river in Thetford. Despite these, and further grants from the Crown and de Warenne’s successors, the house was never wealthy and records suggest that it declined in later years.

During the later medieval period the recorded number of brethren in the community ranged from eight to just three. After the suppression of the priory the nave of the church survived and was used as a barn, but the east end had been demolished by the 18th century.

In the 19th century the ruins were adapted as an ornamental garden feature with a grotto.

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