Monk Bretton Priory

Monk Bretton Priory is a ruined medieval priory located in the village of Lundwood, and close to Monk Bretton, South Yorkshire, England.

Monk Bretton Priory
Remains of Monk Bretton Priory beyond the cloister
LocationAbbey Lane, Lundwood
Coordinates53°33′14″N 1°26′18″W / 53.554013°N 1.438372°W / 53.554013; -1.438372Coordinates: 53°33′14″N 1°26′18″W / 53.554013°N 1.438372°W / 53.554013; -1.438372
OS grid referenceSE376066
AreaSouth Yorkshire
Governing bodyEnglish Heritage
OwnerMetropolitan Borough of Barnsley
Official nameMonk Bretton Priory Cluniac and Benedictine monastery: monastic precinct and two fishponds
Designated9 October 1981
Reference no.1010057
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameMonk Bretton Priory remains
Designated6 February 1952
Reference no.1151178
Monk Bretton Priory is located in South Yorkshire
Monk Bretton Priory
Location of Monk Bretton Priory in South Yorkshire


Originally a monastery under the Cluniac order, Monk Bretton Priory is located in the village of Lundwood, in the borough of Barnsley, England. It was founded in 1154 as the Priory of St. Mary Magdelene of Lund by Adam Fitswane, sited on the Lund, from Old Norse. In the course of time, the priory took the name of the nearby village of Bretton to be commonly known as Monk Bretton Priory.

The Notton bequestEdit

John de Birthwaite was Prior of Monk Bretton in 1350. In that year Sir William de Notton, a powerful local landowner, who was later Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, and his wife Isabel, conveyed to him lands at Fishlake, Monk Bretton, Moseley and Woolley. The purpose of the grant was to build a chantry chapel at Woolley Church. Notton directed that prayers were to be said for the souls of himself, Isabel, their children, and also King Edward III, Queen Philippa of Hainault and their children. The date suggests that Notton made the grant as his way of giving thanks for England's deliverance from the first outbreak of the Black Death.


The monastery closed on 30 November 1538 during the dissolution, and the site passed into the ownership of the Blithman family. In 1580 the land was again sold to George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury who gave the estate to his fourth son Henry on his marriage to Elizabeth Rayner.[1] The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is now in the care of English Heritage.

Excavations concentrating on the church and cloister took place on the site in the 1920s which were published by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and other largely unrecorded diggings by the Ministry of Works took place during the 1950s. More recently the site has been the focus of a survey and excavation project run by Dr Hugh Willmott from the University of Sheffield.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History, vol. 2 (London, 1791), p. 235.
  2. ^ "Barnsley Independent (Week 29)". Issuu. Retrieved 8 January 2020.

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