Kirkham Priory Gateway, Yorkshire
Artist: Buckler, Charles Alban
Kirkham Priory was founded in the 1120s by Walter l'Espec on the site where his only son died in a fall from his horse. The Augustinian priory started off as a simple stone church, but by the end of the century it had been greatly enlarged. Lack of finances seems to have contributed to the priory never being fully completed. Its demise was also brought about by the growing popularity of the Cistercian order, which threatened to oust the Augustinians from Kirkham. They, however, held on to their property until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, when the monks were finally forced to quit.