Hinton Priory

Hinton Priory

...grade I listed Carthusian house

One of only 10 Carthusian Houses built in England back in 1232 for the Carthusian Order.


The Carthusian Order of monks and nuns, also called the Order of St Bruno, was founded by St Bruno of Cologne in around 1084. The name Carthusian is believed to derive from the Chartreuse mountains where the first hermitage was set up at the base of these mountains in the French Alps. Carthusians do not have abbeys but instead have houses headed by a Prior ion which they live a relatively secluded life.
 
Having been given a place at Hatherop in 1222 by William Longspee, Earl of Salisbury, the monks requested of his countess, on his death, for a new place which would give them greater solitude. She gave them her manor at Hinton and the house was consecrated in 1232.
 
The house was suppressed in 1539 during the period of dissolution of the monasteries, although the chapter house with dovecote, priors cell and refectory survive.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015