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Newstead Priory, Ruins

Newstead Priory, Ruins

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15544

Item number: f.91

Genre: Manuscript

A drawing in ink of the shaft of a clustered pillar within the ruins of Newstead Priory in Nottinghamshire, drawn by S.H. Grimm. Newstead Priory was founded between 1163-1173 by Henry II. A tradition says that it was one of a number of religious houses founded by Henry, as penance for the murder of his Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket. It was a priory of Augustinian Canons and was rebuilt during the 13th century. The priory as a religious institution was dissolved in 1539 and ownership of the estate passed to Sir John Byron Colwick, who converted the monastic buildings into a family home.

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