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St Swithun's Church, Leonard Stanley, July 2020
St Swithuns church Leonard Stanley - formerly the Priory Church dedicated to St Leonard

Leonard Stanley Priory was a priory in Gloucestershire, England. Over the years following the dissolution most of the buildings of the priory complex have been destroyed.

Leonard Stanley lies 4 miles southwest of the town of Stroud in Gloucestershire. A priory dedicated to St Leonard was founded in or around 1131 by the Berkeley family and initially housed Austin cannons, a secular order of Augustinians. In 1146, the priory was appropriated by Gloucester Abbey and became a Benedictine cell until its dissolution in 1538. The priory church, being of Augustinian origins, housed both the conventual and parish churches under a single roof. The church is now known as St Swithuns and remains in use today as a parish church. On the western wall of the south transept corbel stones that supported the roof of the cloister are visible. Close to the southwest of the church, a chapel of earlier construction still stands which in use as a farm building. Nearby to the west lies a pond that may have been a fishpond used by the priory.

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