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Nearly a thousand religious houses (abbeys, priories and friaries) were founded in England and Wales during the medieval period, accommodating monks, friars or nuns who had taken vows of obedience, poverty and chastity; each house was led by an abbot or abbess, or by a prior or prioress. By their foundation monasteries and nunneries (although not friaries) had acquired endowments of land, property and parochial tithes, and many had become further enriched through subsequent bequests and pilgrim donations. The majority of these houses had come into existence between the 11th and 13th centuries, but by the 14th century decline had set in, hastened by the Black Death in the middle of the century. Later medieval benefactors increasingly regarded charitable and educational establishments, parish and collegiate churches as more appropriate recipients of bequests and donations; and by the early 16th century some religious communities had become very small, and few were more than half full. In those years a number were amalgamated or dissolved through the initiatives of reforming bishops, the wealth released being used to endow grammar schools and colleges at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

The process that has come to be known as the Dissolution of the Monasteries began formally in 1536 following the Act for Suppression of the Lesser Monasteries. This transferred the lands and the property of religious houses with an income of less than £200 (equivalent to £70,000 in 2018)2018 a year to the crown. The motives behind this are complex, and include Henry VIII's conflict with the popes over his desire for a divorce, which led to the foundation of the Church of England; and also Henry's ambition to increase the income of the crown. Under this first Act, about one-third of the religious houses were closed. This resulted in the rebellion known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. The rebellion failed, and the process of dissolution was extended; abbots, abbesses and priors were placed under increasing pressure and threats in order to persuade them to surrender their monasteries to the crown; four who refused being accused of treason and executed. The last religious house to close was Waltham Abbey in March 1540.

The wealth and properties of the monasteries came into the ownership of the crown, although much was soon sold off; but what happened to the buildings of the abbeys, priories and friaries themselves varied. Most of them were immediately stripped of their valuable lead roofs, and fell into decay. Parts of some were converted into mansions by new owners. But, in around ten per cent of cases, former monastic churches or other buildings have continued in religious use for parochial worship. This was necessarily the case for that small number of religious houses where part already functioned as a full parish church, as at Wymondham Abbey. Secondly, there were a number of instances where wealthy parishes, or their benefactors, purchased a former monastic church as a replacement parish church building, as at Selby Abbey. Thirdly were those cases where part of a monastic church building was already in parochial use as a chapel of ease served by a stipendiary priest, in which case the dissolution commissioners would seek, if possible, for these clergy to continue as perpetual curates on fixed annual stipends charged against the former monastic endowments; with an appropriate portion of the monastic church retained for them to use. Priories of the Augustinian order, in particular, had been required by their rule to maintain a chapel of ease within their church for parochial worship, with the consequence that partial survival is more common for former Augustinian priory churches. Churches of dissolved friaries on the other hand, even though they had commonly served worshipping urban congregations, were rarely able to continue in parochial use as friaries lacked the foundation endowments from which a perpetual curacy might be established. Fourthly, former monastic structures that had fallen into ruin at the dissolution, or continued in secular use, were not infrequently brought back into use for parochial worship in later years out of subsequent private benefactions.

Ten medieval English cathedrals had been 'monastic', in that they had been simultaneously abbeys, and eight of these (Bath and Coventry being the exceptions) were refounded as secular cathedrals by Henry VIII. A further six former abbeys were raised to be cathedrals of newly created dioceses. Other former abbeys and priories became parish churches; of which two, Saint Albans and Southwark have become cathedrals since, while both also continuing to serve their respective parishes. In some cases the whole of a former monastic church continued as a parish church; ranging from survivals of near cathedral scale, as at Sherborne Abbey, to very modest chapels such as Aconbury Priory. More commonly it is only parts of the original church that survived in parochial use, now incorporated into the fabric of a continuing church or chapel; as for example the north aisle of the nave of Wroxall Priory. At Beaulieu Abbey, it is the refectory that has been so converted. In a few cases, such as Tilty Abbey, the gatehouse chapel, the capella ante portas, now forms the parish church. Where former monastic churches were maintained after the dissolution as chapels of ease with their clergy as perpetual curates, in almost all instances these chapels will have been raised to full parish church status in the course of the 19th century.

118 former monastic buildings in England that have continued to function as parish churches or chapels of ease since the dissolution of the monasteries are included in this list, including some whose monastic functions had ceased much earlier; and also some whose conversion to parochial use happened in recent centuries. Churches are only listed where they maintain in situ at least some substantial elements of their former monastic fabric, the extent of which is noted. Excluded are those former monastic churches that have never functioned for parochial worship, including some, such as the chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge, that have remained otherwise in continuous religious use; and also those churches converted into cathedrals by Henry VIII. All these surviving monastic churches have been listed by English Heritage, most at Grade I, the others at Grade II* or II.


Grade Criteria
Grade I Buildings of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II| Particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II Buildings of national importance and special interest.
"—" denotes a work that is not graded.


Name Location Photograph Order Notes Grade
Aconbury Priory Aconbury, Herefordshire
51°59′51″N 2°42′08″W / 51.9974°N 2.7021°W / 51.9974; -2.7021 (Aconbury Priory)
Aconbury Church - - 103060.jpg Augustine canonesses The former parish Church of St John the Baptist (now redundant) retains the whole priory church, nave and chancel. II*
Amesbury Abbey Amesbury, Wiltshire
51°10′19″N 1°47′03″W / 51.1719°N 1.7843°W / 51.1719; -1.7843 (Amesbury Abbey)
The Church of St Mary and St Melor, Amesbury - - 863787.jpg Benedictine nuns The Church of St Mary and St Melor has been developed from the whole priory church, apart from the west end of the nave. I
Atherstone Priory Atherstone, Warwickshire
52°34′43″N 1°32′47″W / 52.5786°N 1.5463°W / 52.5786; -1.5463 (Atherstone Priory)
Atherstone church.jpg Austin friars St Mary's church incorporates the chancel and the central tower of the priory. II*
Barking Abbey Barking, London

51°32′08″N 0°04′33″E / 51.53544202°N 0.07588573°E / 51.53544202; 0.07588573 (Barking Abbey)

St Margaret's Church - - 912690.jpg Benedictine nuns The chancel of the church of St. Margaret incorporates a parochial chapel erected in the abbey grounds, extended after the Reformation using piers and arches from the former abbey. I
Bath Abbey Bath, Somerset
51°22′53″N 2°21′31″W / 51.3815°N 2.3587°W / 51.3815; -2.3587 (Bath Abbey)
Bath Abbey 01.jpg Benedictine The church of St Peter and St Paul has been developed from the whole former monastic cathedral church. I
Beauchief Abbey Beauchief, Derbyshire
53°20′00″N 1°30′03″W / 53.3332°N 1.5008°W / 53.3332; -1.5008 (Beauchief Abbey)
Beauchief 6855.JPG
Premonstratensian The west tower is all that survives of the former abbey church; to which a private chapel was added in the 17th century; that since 1923 has served as the parish church of St Thomas a Beckett. II*
Beaulieu Abbey Beaulieu, Hampshire
50°49′16″N 1°27′00″W / 50.8212°N 1.4501°W / 50.8212; -1.4501 (Beaulieu Abbey)
Cistercian The Church of the Blessed Virgin and Child has been developed from the refectory. I
Binham Priory Binham, Norfolk
52°55′13″N 0°56′47″E / 52.9203°N 0.9464°E / 52.9203; 0.9464 (Binham Priory)
BinhamPriory(DavidWilliams)Sep2004.jpg Benedictine St Mary's Church has been developed from the nave of the priory. I
Birkenhead Priory Birkenhead, Merseyside
53°23′22″N 3°00′41″W / 53.3894°N 3.0114°W / 53.3894; -3.0114 (Birkenhead Priory)
Birkenhead Priory 2009-10-04 13-22-50.jpg
Benedictine The chapter house was converted after the dissolution as a parochial chapel for Birkenhead. In the 19th century, the parish church of St Mary (now ruined) was built alongside. II*
Bishopsgate St Helen's Priory Bishopsgate,
Greater London
51°30′53″N 0°04′54″W / 51.5148°N 0.0818°W / 51.5148; -0.0818 (Bishopsgate St Helen's Priory)
St Helens Bishopsgate.jpg
Benedictine nuns St Helen's Church unites the formerly separate priory and parochial churches. I
Blackmore Priory Blackmore, Essex
51°41′25″N 0°19′04″E / 51.6904°N 0.3178°E / 51.6904; 0.3178 (Blackmore Priory)
BlackmorePriory.jpg Augustinian The Church of St Laurence has been developed from the nave of the priory. I
Blanchland Abbey Blanchland, Northumberland
54°50′54″N 2°03′15″W / 54.8484°N 2.0541°W / 54.8484; -2.0541 (Blanchland Abbey)
Blanchland Abbey - - 615216.jpg Premonstratensian St Mary's Church incorporates the nave, the north transept and tower from the abbey church. I
Blyth Priory Blyth, Nottinghamshire
53°22′44″N 1°03′48″W / 53.3788°N 1.0634°W / 53.3788; -1.0634 (Blyth Priory)
Blyth Church - - 53326.jpg Benedictine The Church of St Mary and St Martin unites the monastic nave with the parochial aisle. I
Bolton Priory Bolton Abbey,
North Yorkshire
53°59′02″N 1°53′19″W / 53.9838°N 1.8886°W / 53.9838; -1.8886 (Bolton Priory)
BoltonPriory.jpg Augustinian St Mary's Church has been developed from the nave of the priory church. I
Bourne Abbey Bourne, Lincolnshire
52°45′59″N 0°22′33″W / 52.7663°N 0.3757°W / 52.7663; -0.3757 (Bourne Abbey)
Bourne Abbey, exterior.jpg
Augustinian The Church of St Peter and St Paul incorporates the nave and tower of the abbey. I
Boxgrove Priory Boxgrove, West Sussex
50°51′36″N 0°42′39″W / 50.8600°N 0.7109°W / 50.8600; -0.7109 (Boxgrove Priory)
Boxgrove priory.jpg Benedictine The Church of St Mary and St Blaize incorporates the chancel and the central tower of the priory church. I
Breedon Priory Breedon on the Hill, Leicestershire
52°42′09″N 1°02′18″W / 52.7024°N 1.0383°W / 52.7024; -1.0383 (Breedon Priory)
Breedonchurch.jpg Augustinian The Church of St Mary and St Hardulph incorporates the chancel and the central tower of the priory. I
Bridlington Priory Bridlington, East Yorkshire
54°05′40″N 0°12′06″W / 54.0944°N 0.2018°W / 54.0944; -0.2018 (Bridlington Priory)
Bridlington Priory.jpg Augustinian St Mary's Church has been developed from the nave of the priory church. I
Brinkburn Priory Brinkburn, Northumberland
55°16′44″N 1°49′08″W / 55.2789°N 1.8189°W / 55.2789; -1.8189 (Brinkburn Priory)
Brinkburn priory and hall taken from Brinkburn Mill - - 934247.jpg Augustinian The Priory Church of St. Peter and St. Paul retains the whole of the priory church, restored and re-roofed in the 19th century. I
Bristol St James' Priory Bristol
51°27′31″N 2°35′35″W / 51.4587°N 2.5930°W / 51.4587; -2.5930 (St James' Priory, Bristol)
St James's Priory, Bristol, tower.jpg Benedictine The nave has been retained from the priory, but is much altered. I
Bromfield Priory Bromfield, Shropshire
52°23′12″N 2°45′45″W / 52.3868°N 2.7626°W / 52.3868; -2.7626 (Bromfield Priory)
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bromfield - - 31473.jpg Benedictine St Mary's Church consists of the nave, the north aisle, the former crossing (now the chancel), and the tower. I
Bungay Priory Bungay, Suffolk
52°27′20″N 1°26′17″E / 52.4556°N 1.4380°E / 52.4556; 1.4380 (Bungay Priory)
Bungay - Church of St Mary.jpg Benedictine nuns St Mary's Church incorporates the nave of the priory church. I
Carisbrooke Priory Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight
50°41′29″N 1°18′48″W / 50.6914°N 1.3133°W / 50.6914; -1.3133 (Carisbrooke Priory)
Carisbrooke Church.jpg Benedictine St Mary's parish church is formed from the nave of the priory church. I
Canons Ashby Priory Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
52°09′00″N 1°09′24″W / 52.1500°N 1.1568°W / 52.1500; -1.1568 (Canons Ashby Priory)
Canons Ashby Priory Front.jpg Augustinian St Mary's Church incorporates the tower and part of the nave. I
Cartmel Priory Cartmel, Cumbria
54°12′04″N 2°57′09″W / 54.2011°N 2.9524°W / 54.2011; -2.9524 (Cartmel Priory)
Cartmel Priory, geograph.jpg Augustinian The whole of the priory church has been developed into the Church of St Mary. I
Chetwold Priory Chetwode, Buckinghamshire
51°57′47″N 1°04′09″W / 51.9630°N 1.0693°W / 51.9630; -1.0693 (Chetwold Priory)
ChurchAndPrioryChetwode(AndrewSmith)Mar2006.jpg Augustinian The chancel remains as the church of St Mary and St Nicholas, but has been much rebuilt. I
Chirbury Priory Chirbury, Shropshire
52°34′46″N 3°05′29″W / 52.5794°N 3.0915°W / 52.5794; -3.0915 (Chirbury Priory)
St Michael's church Chirbury - - 1376683.jpg Augustinian St Michael's Church has incorporated the nave and the west tower. I
Christchurch Priory Christchurch, Dorset
50°43′56″N 1°46′28″W / 50.7322°N 1.7744°W / 50.7322; -1.7744 (Christchurch Priory)
ChristchurchPriory.jpg Augustinian Holy Trinity church has been developed from the whole of the priory church. I
Clerkenwell St John's Priory Clerkenwell, London
51°31′19″N 0°06′09″W / 51.5220°N 0.1025°W / 51.5220; -0.1025 (Clerkenwell Priory)
St John's Gate - - 721702.jpg Knights Hospitaller The crypt of the priory church survives below the parish church of St John Clerkenwell. I
Coggeshall Abbey Coggeshall, Essex
51°52′06″N 0°41′28″E / 51.8683°N 0.6910°E / 51.8683; 0.6910 (Coggeshall Abbey)
CoggeshallAbbey CapellaAntePortas.JPG Cistercian The gatehouse chapel has been made into the Church of St Nicholas. I
Cranborne Priory Cranborne, Dorset
50°55′07″N 1°55′26″W / 50.9187°N 1.9238°W / 50.9187; -1.9238 (Cranborne Priory)
CranbornePriory.JPG Benedictine The Church of St Mary and St Bartholomew was formerly the priory church. I
Croyland Abbey Crowland, Lincolnshire
52°40′35″N 0°09′54″W / 52.6764°N 0.1651°W / 52.6764; -0.1651 (Croyland Abbey)
Croyland Abbey & Parish Church of Crowland.JPG
Benedictine The north aisle of the abbey has been converted into the parish church of St Mary, St Bartholomew and St Guthlac. I
Dale Abbey Dale Abbey, Derbyshire
52°56′34″N 1°21′03″W / 52.9429°N 1.3507°W / 52.9429; -1.3507 (Dale Abbey)
Dale Abbey.JPG Premonstratensian All Saints parish church is converted from the former infirmary chapel, and adjoins a farmhouse (which was once a pub). I
Davington Priory Davington, Kent
51°19′09″N 0°53′04″E / 51.3193°N 0.8845°E / 51.3193; 0.8845 (Davington Priory)
The church of St.Mary Magdalen, Davington - - 1276737.jpg Benedictine nuns The Church of St Mary Magdalen and St Lawrence incorporates the nave and tower of the priory. II*
Deeping St. James Priory Deeping St. James, Lincolnshire
52°40′18″N 0°17′23″W / 52.6717°N 0.2896°W / 52.6717; -0.2896 (Deeping St. James Priory)
Deeping St James Church.jpg Benedictine St James' Church incorporates the nave of the priory. I
Deerhurst Priory Deerhurst, Gloucestershire
51°58′05″N 2°11′24″W / 51.9680°N 2.1900°W / 51.9680; -2.1900 (Deerhurst Priory)
Deerhurst St-Marys.jpg
Benedictine St Mary's Church, Deerhurst contains the tower and the nave of the priory. I
Dorchester Abbey Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire
51°38′37″N 1°09′51″W / 51.6436°N 1.1643°W / 51.6436; -1.1643 (Dorchester Abbey)
DorchesterAbbey.JPG Augustinian The Church of St Peter and St Paul has been developed from the whole of the abbey church. I
Dore Abbey Abbey Dore, Herefordshire
51°58′07″N 2°53′37″W / 51.9687°N 2.8935°W / 51.9687; -2.8935 (Dore Abbey)
Dore Abbey.jpg Cistercian St Mary's Church incorporates the chancel, transepts, and the tower of the abbey. I
Dunstable Priory Dunstable, Bedfordshire
51°53′10″N 0°31′03″W / 51.8860°N 0.5176°W / 51.8860; -0.5176 (Dunstable Priory)
DunstablePriory.JPG Augustinian Most of the nave and the northwest tower remain as the church of St Peter. I
Dunster Priory Dunster, Somerset
51°11′00″N 3°26′45″W / 51.1833°N 3.4458°W / 51.1833; -3.4458 (Dunster Priory)
DunsterPriory.JPG Benedictine St George's Church has developed from the priory church. I
Edington Priory Edington, Wiltshire
51°16′44″N 2°06′25″W / 51.2789°N 2.1069°W / 51.2789; -2.1069 (Edington Priory)
Edington priory church.JPG Bonshommes The Church of St Mary, St Katherine and All Saints has been developed from the whole priory church. I
Elstow Abbey Elstow, Bedfordshire
52°06′54″N 0°28′10″W / 52.1150°N 0.4694°W / 52.1150; -0.4694 (Elstow Abbey)
St Mary and Helena Parish Church, Elstow - - 823352.jpg Benedictine nuns The church of St Mary and St Helena consists of most of the nave and the detached tower of the abbey church. I
Farewell Priory Farewell, Staffordshire
52°42′08″N 1°52′42″W / 52.7022°N 1.8783°W / 52.7022; -1.8783 (Farewell Priory)
St Bartholomew's Church, Farewell.jpg Benedictine nuns St Bartholomew's Church incorporates the chancel from the priory church. II*
Freiston Priory Freiston, Lincolnshire
52°58′25″N 0°02′59″E / 52.9736°N 0.0497°E / 52.9736; 0.0497 (Freiston Priory)
St.James' church, Freiston, Lincs. - - 147454.jpg Benedictine St James' Church has incorporated the nave and the tower. I
Great Bricett Priory Great Bricett, Suffolk
52°07′01″N 0°58′34″E / 52.1169°N 0.9762°E / 52.1169; 0.9762 (Great Bricett Priory)
Great Bricett - Church of St Mary & St Laurence.jpg Augustinian The nave of the priory church is incorporated in the Church of St Mary and St Laurence. I
Great Malvern Priory Malvern, Worcestershire
52°06′38″N 2°19′44″W / 52.1105°N 2.3288°W / 52.1105; -2.3288 (Great Malvern Priory)
Great Malvern Priory - Cemetery View.JPG Benedictine The Church of St Mary and St Michael has been developed from the priory church; which survives complete, other than for the south transept. I
Gresley Priory Church Gresley, Derbyshire
52°45′35″N 1°34′01″W / 52.7598°N 1.5669°W / 52.7598; -1.5669 (Gresley Priory)
Church Gresley Church St Geo and St Mary.jpg Augustinian The Church of Saint Mary and Saint George incorporates part of the nave of the priory. II*
Hatfield Broad Oak Priory Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex
51°49′37″N 0°14′35″E / 51.8269°N 0.2430°E / 51.8269; 0.2430 (Hatfield Broad Oak Priory)
Hatfield Broad Oak - The Church of St Mary the Virgin - - 655238.jpg Benedictine The west tower remains and the Church of St Mary the Virgin has been developed from the nave of the priory. I
Hatfield Peverel Priory Hatfield Peverel, Essex
51°46′08″N 0°36′10″E / 51.7690°N 0.6029°E / 51.7690; 0.6029 (Hatfield Peverel Priory)
St. Andrew's church, Hatfield Peverel, Essex - - 136598.jpg Benedictine St Andrew's church has been developed from the nave of the priory. II*
Hexham Priory Hexham, Northumberland
54°58′18″N 2°06′09″W / 54.9716°N 2.1026°W / 54.9716; -2.1026 (Hexham Priory)
Hexham Abbey - - 1265041.jpg Augustinian St Andrew's Priory Church incorporates the chancel, the transepts, and the central tower. I
Heynings Priory Knaith, Lincolnshire
53°21′07″N 0°45′28″W / 53.3520°N 0.7577°W / 53.3520; -0.7577 (Heynings Priory)
St.Mary's church - - 829989.jpg Cistercian nuns The nave of St Mary's Church, Knaith may reuse the transept from the priory church. II*
Holm Cultram Abbey Abbeytown, Cumbria
54°50′43″N 3°16′58″W / 54.8454°N 3.2829°W / 54.8454; -3.2829 (Holm Cultram Abbey)
HolmCultramAbbey.jpg Cistercian Most of the nave has survived as St Mary's Church, Abbeytown. I
Hurley Priory Hurley, Berkshire
51°32′58″N 0°48′37″W / 51.5495°N 0.8103°W / 51.5495; -0.8103 (Hurley Priory)
St Mary's Church, Hurley - - 595442.jpg
Benedictine The nave from the former priory remains as the church of St Mary. II*
Ingham Priory Ingham, Norfolk
52°46′45″N 1°32′38″E / 52.7790672°N 1.5437937°E / 52.7790672; 1.5437937 (Ingham Priory)
Ingham Priory.JPG Trinitarian Canons The parish church is converted from the priory church, which survives complete. I
Jarrow Priory Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
54°58′49″N 1°28′20″W / 54.9804°N 1.4723°W / 54.9804; -1.4723 (Jarrow Priory)
St Pauls Monastery Jarrow1.jpg Benedictine The tower remains, and the original nave forms the chancel of St Paul's Church. I
Kirkstead Abbey Kirkstead, Lincolnshire
53°08′10″N 0°13′21″W / 53.1362°N 0.2224°W / 53.1362; -0.2224 (Kirkstead Abbey)
Woodhall Spa - St Leonards Without 1.jpg Cistercian The gatehouse chapel has been converted into the church of St Leonard's Without. I
Kirby Bellars Priory Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire
52°45′23″N 0°56′18″W / 52.7563°N 0.9382°W / 52.7563; -0.9382 (Kirby Bellars Priory)
The Exterior of Saint Peter's Church, Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular The Parish Church of Saint Peter's, which was probably the priory church, survives with only the north aisle missing. There are earthworks in the field to the north of the church where the priory house once stood. I
Kyme Priory South Kyme, Lincolnshire
53°01′57″N 0°15′32″W / 53.0326°N 0.2588°W / 53.0326; -0.2588 (Kyme Priory)
South Kyme Church - - 418304.jpg Augustinian The western end of the south aisle of the priory has been incorporated in the Church of St Mary and All Saints. II*
Lancaster Priory Lancaster, Lancashire
54°03′03″N 2°48′21″W / 54.0507°N 2.8057°W / 54.0507; -2.8057 (Lancaster Priory)
Lancaster Priory.jpg Benedictine afterwards Bridgettine Canons Formerly an alien cell of Sees in Normandy, and given to the Bridgettines of Syon Abbey in 1414. The 15th century parish church of St. Mary also served for the male canons. I
Lanercost Priory Lanercost, Cumbria
54°57′58″N 2°41′42″W / 54.9661°N 2.6951°W / 54.9661; -2.6951 (Lanercost Priory)
Lanercost Priory, West Front, Cumbria.JPG Augustinian The nave is used as the parish church of St Mary Magdelene. I
Lapley Priory Lapley, Staffordshire
52°42′50″N 2°11′25″W / 52.7139°N 2.1903°W / 52.7139; -2.1903 (Lapley Priory)
Lapley All Saints.JPG Benedictine All Saints Church incorporates the chancel, nave and tower of the priory church. I
Lastingham Abbey Lastingham, North Yorkshire
54°18′14″N 0°52′55″W / 54.304°N 0.882°W / 54.304; -0.882 (Lastingham Abbey)
Lastingham Church - - 5370.jpg Benedictine St Mary's church consists of the apse, chancel, crossing and crypt of the abbey church, all built following the founding of the abbey in 1078. However, in 1086 the community moved to St Mary's Abbey, York, and the building became a parish church. I
Lenton Priory Lenton, Nottinghamshire
52°56′55″N 1°10′31″W / 52.9485°N 1.1753°W / 52.9485; -1.1753 (Lenton Priory)
St Anthonys Priory Church, Lenton.jpg Cluniac St Anthony's parish church is a 19th-century rebuilding of the infirmary chapel of the priory. II
Leominster Priory Leominster, Herefordshire
52°13′46″N 2°44′09″W / 52.2294°N 2.7357°W / 52.2294; -2.7357 (Leominster Priory)
Leominster Priory.jpg Benedictine The monastic nave and west tower have been united with the former parochial nave and aisle into the Priory Church of St Peter and St Paul. I
Leonard Stanley Priory Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire
51°43′40″N 2°17′16″W / 51.7277°N 2.2877°W / 51.7277; -2.2877 (Leonard Stanley Priory)
St Swithun's, Leonard Stanley - - 1710295.jpg Augustinian; later Benedictine St Swithin's Church has been developed from the whole of the priory. I
Letheringham Priory Letheringham, Suffolk
52°10′44″N 1°18′59″E / 52.1790°N 1.3165°E / 52.1790; 1.3165 (Letheringham Priory)
St Mary's Church, Letheringham - - 860499.jpg Augustinian St Mary's Church incorporates the tower and the nave of the priory church. II*
Little Dunmow Priory Little Dunmow, Essex
51°51′54″N 0°24′14″E / 51.8651°N 0.4038°E / 51.8651; 0.4038 (Little Dunmow Priory)
St Mary the Virgin's Church, Little Dunmow, Essex, England.jpg
Augustinian The parish church of St Mary has been converted from the lady chapel of the priory church. I
Little Malvern Priory Little Malvern, Worcestershire
52°03′41″N 2°20′12″W / 52.0614°N 2.3366°W / 52.0614; -2.3366 (Little Malvern Priory)
Little Malvern Priory Hills.jpg
Benedictine St Giles' Church incorporates the chancel and the crossing tower of the priory church. I
Malmesbury Abbey Malmesbury, Wiltshire
51°35′05″N 2°05′54″W / 51.5847°N 2.0984°W / 51.5847; -2.0984 (Malmesbury Abbey)
Malmesbury.abbey.exterior.arp.jpg Benedictine The Church of St Mary and St Aldhelm has been developed from the nave of the abbey church, and the south porch has been retained. I
Malton Priory Old Malton,
North Yorkshire
54°08′33″N 0°46′44″W / 54.1426°N 0.7790°W / 54.1426; -0.7790 (Malton Priory)
MaltonPriory.JPG Gilbertine The Priory Church of St Mary has retained part of the nave and the southwest tower. I
Marrick Priory Marrick,
North Yorkshire
54°13′24″N 1°32′08″W / 54.2232°N 1.5356°W / 54.2232; -1.5356 (Marrick Priory)
Swaledale - Marrick Priory from the B6270 - - 484591.jpg Benedictine nuns The church of St Andrew continued in use as a chapel of ease until 1948, with the tower surviving from the priory. Now converted into an outdoor education centre and retreat house. II*
Merevale Abbey Merevale, Warwickshire
52°34′36″N 1°34′22″W / 52.5766°N 1.5728°W / 52.5766; -1.5728 (Merevale Abbey)
Merevale Our Lady Church - - 480715.jpg Cistercian The Church of Our Lady has been developed from the gatehouse chapel. I
Milton Abbey Milton Abbas, Dorset
50°49′14″N 2°17′12″W / 50.8206°N 2.2867°W / 50.8206; -2.2867 (Milton Abbey)
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Benedictine Choir, crossing, tower and transepts survive of the abbey church; in use after the reformation as the chapel of ease for the estate village of Milton Abbas; and since 1954, for a public school. I
Minster-in-Sheppey Priory Minster, Swale, Kent
51°25′20″N 0°48′43″E / 51.4222°N 0.8120°E / 51.4222; 0.8120 (Minster-in-Sheppey Priory)
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Benedictine nuns The Abbey Church of St Mary and St Sexburga incorporates the nave and part of the chancel of the abbey. I
Monks Kirby Priory Monks Kirby, Warwickshire
52°26′40″N 1°19′12″W / 52.4444°N 1.3199°W / 52.4444; -1.3199 (Monks Kirby Priory)
St Edith's Church, Monks Kirby.jpg
Benedictine The priory church evolved into the parish church of St Edith, Monks Kirby. I
Monkwearmouth Priory Monkwearmouth, Tyne and Wear
54°54′47″N 1°22′30″W / 54.9131°N 1.3749°W / 54.9131; -1.3749 (Monkwearmouth Priory)
St peters sunderland.jpg Benedictine The tower,porch and west wall of the 7th century monastic church now form the west facade of St Peter's parish church. I
Nuneaton Priory Nuneaton, Warwickshire
52°31′35″N 1°28′38″W / 52.5265°N 1.4773°W / 52.5265; -1.4773 (Nuneaton Priory)
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Benedictine nuns The priory church was converted into a house; but in the 19th century was rebuilt on the medieval foundations as a parish church of St Mary. The monastic crossing piers survive. II
Nun Monkton Priory Nun Monkton,
North Yorkshire
54°00′53″N 1°13′15″W / 54.0148°N 1.2208°W / 54.0148; -1.2208 (Nun Monkton Priory)
Nun Monkton church.jpg Benedictine nuns St Mary's Church has incorporated the nave of the priory. I
Owston Priory Owston and Newbold, Leicestershire
52°39′50″N 0°51′23″W / 52.6639°N 0.8564°W / 52.6639; -0.8564 (Owston Priory)
St Andrew's Church, Owston.jpg Augustinian St Andrew's Church has incorporated the chancel, the tower, and a chapel from the priory. I
Pamber Priory Monk Sherborne, Hampshire
51°19′09″N 1°07′39″W / 51.3192°N 1.1274°W / 51.3192; -1.1274 (Pamber Priory)
Pamber Priory Church - - 1775223.jpg
Benedictine The crossing, tower and chancel remain from the priory as the church of the Holy Trinity, Our Lady, and St John the Baptist. I
Pershore Abbey Pershore, Worcestershire
52°06′37″N 2°04′39″W / 52.1104°N 2.0775°W / 52.1104; -2.0775 (Pershore Abbey)
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Benedictine The Church of Holy Cross with St Edburgha incorporates the chancel, the central tower, and the south transept of the abbey church. I
Pilton Priory Pilton, Devon
51°05′18″N 4°03′45″W / 51.0884°N 4.0625°W / 51.0884; -4.0625 (Pilton Priory)
The Church of St Mary, Pilton - - 773454.jpg Benedictine St Mary the Virgin's Church has been converted from the priory buildings. I
Polesworth Abbey Polesworth, Warwickshire
52°37′08″N 1°36′45″W / 52.6190°N 1.6126°W / 52.6190; -1.6126 (Polesworth Abbey)
Polesworth Abbey 2.jpg Benedictine nuns St Editha's Church incorporates the nave and the north tower of the abbey church. II*
Portchester Priory Portchester, Hampshire
50°50′17″N 1°06′59″W / 50.8380°N 1.1164°W / 50.8380; -1.1164 (Portchester Priory)
St. Mary's, Portchester in its churchyard - - 664523.jpg Augustinian St Mary's parish church was built as the priory church in the 12th century; but the canons moved to Southwick Priory after 20 years. I
Ramsey Abbey Ramsey, Cambridgeshire
52°26′57″N 0°06′08″W / 52.4491°N 0.1022°W / 52.4491; -0.1022 (Ramsey Abbey)
St Thomas Becket, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.jpg Benedictine St Thomas a Beckett's Church was converted from the former hospitium or guest-hall of the abbey around 1222 CE. I
Greyfriars Church
Reading, Berkshire
51°27′24″N 0°58′35″W / 51.4568°N 0.9765°W / 51.4568; -0.9765 (Greyfriars Church, Reading)
ReadingGreyfriars.jpg Franciscan friars The nave and transepts remain, but have been almost completely rebuilt. I
Redlingfield Priory Redlingfield, Suffolk
52°17′38″N 1°12′22″E / 52.294°N 1.206°E / 52.294; 1.206 (Redlingfield Priory)
St. Andrew's church at Redlingfield - - 342641.jpg Benedictine nuns The nuns shared with the parish the choir of the church of St Andrew, which survives. II
Romsey Abbey Romsey, Hampshire
50°59′23″N 1°30′05″W / 50.9896°N 1.5013°W / 50.9896; -1.5013 (Romsey Abbey)
Romsey Abbey 05.jpg Benedictine nuns The Church of St Mary has been developed from the whole of the abbey. I
Royston Priory Royston, Hertfordshire
52°02′53″N 0°01′24″W / 52.0480°N 0.0234°W / 52.0480; -0.0234 (Royston Priory)
Royston Church - - 977495.jpg Augustinian The nave of the Church of St John the Baptist re-uses the choir of the priory. I
Rumburgh Priory Rumburgh, Suffolk
52°23′05″N 1°26′48″E / 52.3846°N 1.4466°E / 52.3846; 1.4466 (Rumburgh Priory)
Rumburgh - Church of St Michael & St Felix.jpg Benedictine The parish church of St Michael and St Felix is converted from the priory church I
St Albans Abbey St Albans, Hertfordshire
51°45′02″N 0°20′32″W / 51.750556°N 0.342222°W / 51.750556; -0.342222 (St Albans Abbey)
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Benedictine At the dissolution, the Abbey Church was purchased in its entirety by the town as a parish church; and became a cathedral in 1877. I
St Bees Priory St Bees, Cumbria
54°29′38″N 3°35′36″W / 54.4939°N 3.5934°W / 54.4939; -3.5934 (St Bees Priory)
StBeesPriory.JPG Benedictine The nave was retained as the parish church which now also occupies the tower crossing and transepts. Chancel re-roofed as theological college 1817, restored 2012, now parish room. I
St Germans Priory St Germans, Cornwall
50°23′48″N 4°18′34″W / 50.3967°N 4.3095°W / 50.3967; -4.3095 (St Germans Priory)
St Germans Church 1.jpg Augustinian The Church of St Germanus is developed from the nave and west towers of the priory church. I
St Michael's Mount St Michael's Mount, Cornwall
50°06′58″N 5°28′38″W / 50.1160°N 5.4772°W / 50.1160; -5.4772 (St Michael's Mount)
CASTLE3.jpg Benedictine The priory was suppressed by Henry V and the church continued as a chapel of ease for residents of the tidal island. I
Selby Abbey Selby,
North Yorkshire
53°47′03″N 1°04′02″W / 53.7841°N 1.0671°W / 53.7841; -1.0671 (Selby Abbey)
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Benedictine The Church of St Mary and St Germain has developed from the abbey church. I
Sempringham Priory Sempringham, Lincolnshire
52°52′56″N 0°21′26″W / 52.8821°N 0.3571°W / 52.8821; -0.3571 (Sempringham Priory)
Sempringham Abbey Church - - 691247.jpg Gilbertine Until around 1140, the first house of the Gilbertine order shared use of the parish church of St Andrew, and the surviving nave of the current church may date from that period. I
Sherborne Abbey Sherborne Dorset
50°56′48″N 2°31′00″W / 50.9467°N 2.5167°W / 50.9467; -2.5167 (Sherborne Abbey)
Sherborne abbey.jpg Benedictine The Abbey Church of St Mary is the successor. I
Shrewsbury Abbey Shrewsbury, Shropshire
52°42′27″N 2°44′38″W / 52.7076°N 2.7438°W / 52.7076; -2.7438 (Shrewsbury Abbey)
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Benedictine The Church of the Holy Cross incorporates the abbey's nave and west tower. I
Smithfield St Bartholomew's Priory Smithfield, Greater London
51°31′08″N 0°05′59″W / 51.5189°N 0.0997°W / 51.5189; -0.0997 (Smithfield St Bartholomew's Priory)
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Augustinian The chancel and crossing have been incorporated into the Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great. I
Southwark Priory Southwark, Greater London
51°30′22″N 0°05′21″W / 51.5061°N 0.0892°W / 51.5061; -0.0892 (Southwark Priory)
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Augustinian After the dissolution, the church became the parish church of St Saviour's, and was converted into a cathedral in 1905. Choir, transepts, tower and crossing survive from the priory church. I
Stogursey Priory Stogursey, Somerset
51°10′47″N 3°08′21″W / 51.1796°N 3.1391°W / 51.1796; -3.1391 (Stogursey Priory)
StogurseyPriory.JPG Benedictine St Andrew's Church has been developed from the priory church. I
Stow Minster Stow, Lincolnshire,
53°19′39″N 0°40′38″W / 53.3276°N 0.6773°W / 53.3276; -0.6773 (Stow Minster)
St.Mary's church, Stow, Lincs. - - 48135.jpg Benedictine The nave, crossing and transepts of the church of Saint Mary survive from the late Saxon minster and collegiate church, which was rebuilt and refounded with Benedictine monks transferred from Eynsham Abbey in Oxfordshire in 1091, only for the monks to return to Eynsham after five years. I
Swine Priory Swine, East Yorkshire
53°48′23″N 0°16′45″W / 53.8063°N 0.2791°W / 53.8063; -0.2791 (Swine Priory)
Priory Church of St Mary the Virgin, Swine.jpg Cistercian nuns St Mary's Church incorporates the chancel of the priory church. I
Temple Church Inner Temple, London
51°30′45″N 0°06′32″W / 51.5125°N 0.109°W / 51.5125; -0.109 (Temple Church)
Temple Church, Temple, London EC4 (2).jpeg Knights Templar, then Knights Hospitaller The church of St Mary's preserves the whole of the original Templar Church, as both a parish church and a private chapel for the Inns of Court. I
Tewkesbury Abbey Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
51°59′25″N 2°09′39″W / 51.9902°N 2.1608°W / 51.9902; -2.1608 (Tewkesbury Abbey)
Tewkesbury Abbey 2011.jpg Benedictine The present church of St Maryhas been developed from the whole of the original abbey church. I
Thorney Abbey Thorney, Cambridgeshire
52°37′13″N 0°06′26″W / 52.6204°N 0.1071°W / 52.6204; -0.1071 (Thorney Abbey)
Church of St Mary and St Botolph - - 208930.jpg
Benedictine The present church of St Mary and St Botolph incorporates part of the abbey's nave. I
Thurgarton Priory Thurgarton, Nottinghamshire
53°02′08″N 0°58′12″W / 53.0356°N 0.9700°W / 53.0356; -0.9700 (Thurgarton Priory)
Thurgarton Priory, west front (geograph 1506935).jpg
Augustinian The Priory Church of St. Peter incorporates part of the nave and the tower. I
Tilty Abbey Tilty, Essex
51°54′51″N 0°19′29″E / 51.9142°N 0.3247°E / 51.9142; 0.3247 (Tilty Abbey)
St Mary the Virgin, Tilty, Essex - - 339745.jpg Cistercian The gatehouse chapel has been developed into the Church of St Mary the Virgin. I
Tutbury Priory Tutbury, Staffordshire
52°51′32″N 1°41′16″W / 52.8590°N 1.6877°W / 52.8590; -1.6877 (Tutbury Priory)
West front of Tutbury Parish Church - - 1046109.jpg
Benedictine The nave of the priory church is incorporated in St Mary's Church. I
Upholland Priory Upholland, Lancashire
53°32′25″N 2°43′16″W / 53.5404°N 2.7211°W / 53.5404; -2.7211 (Upholland Priory)
The Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Upholland - - 2056849.jpg Benedictine The Church of St Thomas the Martyr incorporates the former chancel of the priory as its nave. I
Waltham Abbey Waltham Abbey, Essex
51°41′15″N 0°00′13″W / 51.6876°N 0.0035°W / 51.6876; -0.0035 (Waltham Abbey)
WalthamAbbey.JPG Augustinian The nave of the abbey has been converted into the Church of the Holy Cross and St Lawrence. I
Weybourne Priory Weybourne, Norfolk
52°56′35″N 1°08′30″E / 52.9431°N 1.1416°E / 52.9431; 1.1416 (Weybourne Priory)
Weybourne Priory.JPG Augustinian The nave and chancel of the parish church of All Saints abut the arcades and walls of the former monastic nave and tower. I
Witham Charterhouse Witham Friary, Somerset
51°09′47″N 2°21′58″W / 51.1631°N 2.3660°W / 51.1631; -2.3660 (Witham Charterhouse)
Carthusian The lay brother's church is now used as the Parish church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St John Baptist and All Saints, Witham Friary I
Woodkirk Priory Woodkirk, West Yorkshire
53°43′18″N 1°35′22″W / 53.7216°N 1.5895°W / 53.7216; -1.5895 (Woodkirk Priory)
Woodkirk Church.jpg
Augustinian St Mary's church was rebuilt in the 19th century; but retains the west tower of the medieval priory and parish church. II
Worksop Priory Worksop, Nottinghamshire
53°18′14″N 1°06′57″W / 53.3038°N 1.1157°W / 53.3038; -1.1157 (Worksop Priory)
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Augustinian The west towers, nave, and Lady chapel are incorporated in the present church of St Mary and St Cuthbert. I
Wroxall Priory Wroxall, Warwickshire
52°20′03″N 1°40′33″W / 52.3342°N 1.6758°W / 52.3342; -1.6758 (Wroxall Priory)
Wroxall Abbey and church - - 1775898.jpg Benedictine The north aisle of the priory church has been incorporated in St Leonard's Church. I
Wymondham Abbey Wymondham, Norfolk
52°34′14″N 1°06′27″E / 52.5705°N 1.1074°E / 52.5705; 1.1074 (Wymondham Abbey)
WymondhamAbbey.jpg Benedictine The present church of St Mary and St Thomas of Canterbury has been developed from the nave of the abbey. I
Holy Trinity Priory
Micklegate, York,
North Yorkshire
53°57′23″N 1°05′21″W / 53.9565°N 1.0891°W / 53.9565; -1.0891 (York Holy Trinity Priory)
Micklegate, York, Holy Trinity Church - - 241766.jpg Benedictine Holy Trinity Church has retained the nave and the northwest tower of the priory church. I
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