Churches - Gary Cook

Christchurch Priory

Christchurch Priory. The image here shows a frosty morning glimpse of the Christchurch Priory, whose history dates back to 1094. In 1539 King Henry VIII ordered the destruction of the monastic buildings but the Priory survived owing to a plea from the townspeople to keep it as a public place of worship. This is very fortunate as the Christchurch Priory Cartulary (collection of medieval legal documents) survives to this day and contains more than one thousand documents and charters from the 14th century. This is one of the most impressive collection of historic records and provides an intimate glimpse into medieval life.