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Rumburgh Priory was a Benedictine priory in located in the village of Rumburgh in the English county of Suffolk. The priory was founded in about 1065 as a cell of St Benet's Abbey at Hulme in Norfolk.[1][2] At the time of the Domesday survey it had 12 monks.[1] The ownership of the priory was transferred to St Mary's Abbey in York towards the end of the 12th century.[1] The priory had chapels at Wissett and Spexhall but was "suppressed" in 1528 by Cardinal Wolsey and used to provide funds for the building of Cardinal College in Ipswich.[3][4]

The priory church survives as the parish church of Rumburgh, dedicated to St Michael and St Felix, and is a Grade I listed building.[2] It has a number of features dating to the 13th and 15th centuries, including an unusual 13th century tower.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b c Page.W (1975) 'Houses of Benedictine monks: Priory of Rumburgh', A History of the County of Suffolk: Volume 2, pp. 77-79 (available online). Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  2. ^ a b c Church of St Michael and St Felix, Rumburgh, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  3. ^ Lewis.S (ed) (1848) 'Rufford - Runwick', A Topographical Dictionary of England, pp. 711-716 (available online). Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  4. ^ a b St Michael, Rumburgh, Suffolk Churches. Retrieved 2011-05-02.

Coordinates: 52°23′05″N 1°26′48″E / 52.3846°N 1.4466°E / 52.3846; 1.4466