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Beauvale priory

Beauvale priory

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15543

Item number: f.134

Length: 187

Width: 269

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Beauvale priory was founded as a house for the Carthusian order by Nicholas de Cantilupe in 1343. The strict Carthusians never grew as populous as other religious orders in England; consequently this is one of only nine charterhouses established in the country. Although largely ruined, Beauvale Priory is one of the better preserved houses. The priory's layout is different from that of other religious orders because the Carthusian monks were housed in segregated cells to maintain their policy of strict separation. The visible remains include part of the church with a staircase leading to a cloister and a tower house, which is probably the building seen here. The tower house is thought to have been the prior's lodgings. Building material from the priory was reused in the local farmhouse.

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