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Studley Priory, Oxfordshire

Long, two-story light-brown stone building
Studley Priory in February 1984, during its time as a hotel

Studley Priory was a small house of Benedictine nuns, ruled by a prioress. It was founded some time before 1176 in the hamlet of Studley in what is now the village of Horton-cum-Studley, 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England. In 1176, the priory received a grant from Bernard of St. Walery. The nuns were unhappy to be served poor beef and new beer on Thursday and Sunday nights, and no mutton. The priory was declared closed by 1536, but appears to have experienced a brief revival before its suppression in 1539.[1] The priory lands were sold to the Croke family. The family built the house now known as Studley Priory, which still stands in its 10 acres (4.0 ha) of grounds, in 1587; a member of the Croke family was a judge in the 1649 trial of Charles I. The house and its estate (which comprised most of the village of Horton-cum-Studley) was owned by the Croke family until around 1870 when it was sold to the Henderson family, who occupied it until World War II. During the war, it was a sanatorium for Royal Air Force officers.

In 1947 the priory was leased by Raymond and Tessa Bawtree, who (with their partner, Wilma Hessey) ran it as a country-house hotel for the next 14 years. During that time, many eminent guests stayed there (including Adrian Boult, Gilbert Murray, Beverley Nichols and Sandy Wilson; it was a favourite hostelry of C.S. Lewis,[2] who came regularly for a Sunday-morning beer after church and in later years stayed there with his wife Joy. The Bawtrees did not renew their lease in 1961; that year the Hendersons auctioned off their estate, including the priory. The priory was bought by the Park family, who continued to run it as a hotel until 2004;[3]

The monastery is mentioned in the historical novel Blanket In The Dark by John Buchan. It was used as a filming location for the exterior of Sir Thomas More's home in the 1966 version of Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons (interior shots were done in a studio, not at Studley Priory).[4]

References

  1. ^ William Page (editor), 'Houses of Benedictine nuns: The priory of Studley', A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 2 (1907), pp. 77-79.Read here
  2. ^ Bruce L. Edwards (Ed), C.S. Lewis: Life, works and legacy, (Praeger, Westport 2007), 204-5.
  3. ^ Caterer and Hotel Keeper 12 (18 Feb. 2004), 'Losses force Studley Priory onto market.'
  4. ^ Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations

External links

  • A History of Studley Priory
  • Valuation of Studley at the Dissolution

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