St Mary's Priory, Monmouth
The Priory Church of St Mary the Virgin in Monmouth, Wales, has a rich history dating back to the 11th century.
The church was established as a Benedictine priory around 1075 by Gwethenoc, a Breton lord of Monmouth, in honour of his father, Roger de Pitres. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
During the Norman period, the church was significantly rebuilt. Many architectural features from this period, such as the Norman arches, are still visible today.
In the 16th century, during the reign of King Henry VIII, the Dissolution of the Monasteries led to the closure of the priory. However, the church remained in use as a parish church.
The church underwent significant restoration in the 19th century under the guidance of renowned architect George Gilbert Scott. This included the addition of a new chancel and the restoration of the nave.
The church continues to serve as a place of worship and is a Grade I-listed building recognized for its architectural and historical significance. It also houses the Monmouth Heritage Trail Exhibition, showcasing the history of Monmouth and the church itself.
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