Kirkham Priory Postcard

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Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory, United Kingdom

The ruins of Kirkham Priory are situated on the banks of the River Derwent, at Kirkham in North Yorkshire. The Augustinian priory was founded in the 1120s by Walter l'Espec, lord of nearby Helmsley, who also built Rievaulx Abbey. The priory was surrendered on December 8,1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Legend has it that Kirkham was founded in remembrance of l'Espec's only son who had died nearby as a consequence of his horse being startled by a boar. The area was later used to test the D-Day landing vehicles, and was visited by Winston Churchill. It is an English Heritage property.

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