Friday, 4 October 2013

Beauvale Priory

Hello Everyone,

Lady M still here but in total disbelief that it is October all ready! I hope you've had a most enjoyable week and maybe excited over having achieved a 'first' in something.

The Beauvale Priory was founded in 1343 and was the home of the Carthusian monks in Nottinghamshire. Today it is situated in the grounds of Beauvale Abbey Farm at Moorgreen, Nottingham NG16 2AA. The Gatehouse and Priory grounds are open to the public.

In the 14th century the Priory would have been a hive of activity for the monks who resided in it. There was a bakehouse and dairy enabling them to make their own bread  and a dairy herd also gave them milk from which they made cheese. They had a brewery where they prepared ale for refreshment.

The most important building and the one they were most proud of  was their church. It was small and plain but where they spent many hours in worship and chanting in Latin. There were twelve 'cells' surrounding the church. Each one built like a two story house and with a garden. There would be a large living room with a fireplace and tiled floor, a study area and a bedroom. Upstairs would have just one room with a garden view. The monks would eat in their cells and in silence. They were a secluded and silent order. They had very little contact with the outside world.

Today, there is a modern memorial stone (above) and some ruins where the church would have stood.



Visitors may walk round the grounds  from the Gatehouse (now Tea Rooms) and see the sites where the cloisters( now an orchard) cells and gardens were.

The place, with its history, has been a source of inspiration for writers and artists including, of course, D.H. Lawrence, whose hometown was Eastwood. The Priory is featured in his 1911 short story, A Fragment of Stained Glass, and also in his novel, The White Peacock.

The information here is taken from the tourist literature. More may be found at www.beauvalepriory.co.uk 

It was an interesting place to visit well of the beaten track just as it would have been seven centuries ago.

Tomorrow, Saturday 5th, I shall be at another Book Festival, the IXth New Writers UK Book Festival and Fayre at the Gedling Civic Centre, Arnold, Nottingham. NG5 6LU. The entrance is on Nottingham Road, if your Sat Nav is anything like mine she'll take you to the other side of the Park! There are guest speakers, authors, book stalls, publishers, awards presentations, children's workshops and refreshments. More info at www.newwriters.co.uk If you're in the area do pop along and say, hello!

Until next week, when I'll be telling you all about this event, make it a week to remember.

Yours, Lady M.

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