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Monument Name Panfield Priory
SMR Number 6244
Summary The probable site of a Priory, a cell of St Stephen's Abbey at Caen.
Media
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Panfield Priory, Panfield, Braintree
Great Priory, Panfield
Great Priory, Panfield
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Description According to the RCHM the probable site of a Priory, a cell of St Stephen's Abbey at Caen, is sited in a field to the north of the house and traces of foundations remain. The OS card for 1950 reports no foundations visible though the ground was uneven, possibly due to buried wall footings. The site was then under pasture <1> <2> Benedictine Prior. According to the SMR (from 1975 OS card?) the "manor was granted by Waleran fitz Ranulf c1070-1077 and it became a Priory of monks attached to St. Etienne at Caen". During the reign of Henry II the Priory had 3 monks and a prior. It apparently became partly depopulated c1275. The Priory was later sold, in 1413 and in 1472 it was granted to Christchurch, Canterbury. Foundation traces are in a field north of Great Priory Farm (16th-17th century in date). OS card for 1975 reported no remains visible on the surface <4> in <3> Other refs: <5> <6> Site Assessment = In 1975 part was "under plough and probably suffering from it" <3>
Monument Type(s) PRIORY (Dated 1066AD to 1539AD)
Monument Class(es) DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE
Period 1066AD to 1539AD Medieval
Status Not Known
Administration Area PANFIELD, BRAINTREE, ESSEX
National Grid Reference Square: TL72NW
Ref: 735259
Finds None listed
Events None listed
Sources Aerial Photo : 121-13 (unknown) Dated : unknown

<1> Desc Text : An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 1 (RCHME) Vol 1, p208 Dated : 1916

<2> RECORD SHEET/FORM : OS cards (Ordnance Survey) TL72NW10, 1950 Dated : unknown

<3> Desc Text : SMR form unknown Dated : 1960 0nwards

<4> RECORD SHEET/FORM : OS cards (Ordnance Survey) TL72NW10, 1975 Dated : unknown

<5> Desc Text : Placenames of Essex (Reaney, PH) p449 Dated : 1935

<6> Desc Text : History of Essex (Morant, P) p449 Dated : 1768