Visiting the Priory
Chicksands Priory opens its doors every year between April and October. Tours take place twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Sunday afternoons.
Both individuals and groups are welcome, but bookings must be made well in advance as we need details of people and vehicles for security purposes.
Refreshments are provided at the end of the tour.
The is no set fee, but a donation of £5 per head would help cover costs.
For further information, email our Tour Coordinator:
Tour dates 2019
April 7th and 21st
May 5th and 19th
June 2nd and 16th
July 7th and 21st
August 4th and 18th
September 1st and 15th
October 6th and 20th
Please note that tours MUST be booked in advance. Entry on the day without a booking is not possible.
The main entrance to the Priory.
THE RAF ROOM
Formerly the dining room.
Study Day- 12th October 2019 10.30-16.00
'Barring Accidents' The White Ship Disaster of 1120 and the 12th Century aftermath
The White Ship Disaster off Barfleur on 25th November 1120 caused shockwaves - political, diplomatic and royal. Within days, and at the highest levels, these were being confronted just down the road from Chicksands at Brampton.
Following on from the highly successful ‘Becket’s Flit’ in 2014 the Friends of Chicksands Priory are now directing attention to the dramas, betrayal, misjudgement and tragedy which played out in the early twelfth century. Could Gilbert of Sempringham have been influenced? It seems to have affected contemporaries like Rahere who established the Great Priory of St Bartholomew in Smithfield. Resulting from the tragedy off Barfleur and the death of his only legitimate heir, Henry I and the Royal Court spent Christmas 1120 at Brampton in urgent preparation for the widower King’s remarriage. Successions were to be sorely tested in the twelfth century and later Henry II would trigger wholly new problems leading to Becket’s execution in 1170. Becket’s fast track elevation to sainthood seems to have inspired the Gilbertines, the Meppershall Chapel bears witness to local fervour and energies.
Chicksands offers an unique and timely opportunity to bring together distinguished historians - Professor Anne Duggan and Brenda Bolton - military, naval, ecclesiastical and other interests plus local insights. It promises to be a fascinating day, perhaps the first of its kind in nine centuries. We do hope that you will be able to join us as we explore a spectacular 900th anniversary and one with local links. It promises to be a fascinating day.
Ticket £25 (members £20) including lunch and all refreshments.
N.B. there is no wheelchair access to the upstairs of the priory where the morning session will take place, all other venues are accessible.
To book, download and complete the booking form below and return to the address specified by Saturday 5th October.