Barlynch Priory guided walks


Date: 16th Sep 2019 11:00am-2:00pm
Guided or self guided walks around the site of Barlynch Priory in the Exe valley. The Priory was founded in 1174-89 and dissolved in 1536. Earthworks and some remains of buildings are still clearly visible. St Nicholas' Priory at Barlynch lies in a remote and beautiful wooded valley beside the River Exe, some 1.5kms north-east of Dulverton. It was a house of Augustinian or Black Canons and was never wealthy with between 3 and 9 Canons recorded. During the medieval period it was a secluded location with no road access through the valley. The Canons were all priests and ministered to the local community and ran a school for boys, known from fragments of a schoolbook. The site of the Priory is now marked by a farmhouse, a courtyard of farm buildings, and Barlynch Cottage - all are in private ownership. These buildings stand on or incorporate parts of the monastic complex. Archaeological measured survey, geophysical survey and building recording have informed an interpretation of the original arrangement of the monastic buildings. The remains of three monastic buildings survive. On this open day access is provided to the standing wall of the infirmary and earthworks of other buildings and of a fishpond and leat in the valley fields by the farmhouse. The site is undergoing some conservation works funded by Historic England and Exmoor National Park. W;al takes less than 1 hour. Walk is over level but occasionally rough ground.

Grade: easy going stroll

Exmoor National Park Authority

This event is brought to you by Exmoor National Park.

Location: St Nicholas Priory - Beside the A396 approximately 1.5km north of Dulverton, signed parking in field beside layby. TA229LH
Booking: No need to book - just turn up
Charge: Free
Contact: 01398322285

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