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Monk Bretton Priory

Monk Bretton Priory


17 Abbey Lane,
S70 1AA


Adam Fitz Swain’s 12th-century priory of St. Mary Magdalene at Lundwood, Barnsley is also known as Monk Bretton Priory. It was a daughter house of St Johns Priory for Cluniac monks, founded by Ilbert de Laci (de Lacy) near to his base at Pontefract Castle.

Their market charter was the cause of Barnsley’s growth into a West Riding market town. Cluniacs at Monk Bretton controlled agriculture and natural resources on may sites between Wakefield and Rotherham.

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Map reference: SE 372065  Lat: 53.55437 Long: -1.43896

By Road:
One mile east of Barnsley town centre off A633.

By Public Transport:
From Rail: Barnsley station is 2.5 miles to Monk Bretton Priory.


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