Isleham Priory ChurchEdit profile
Isleham Priory Church located in Isleham, Cambridgeshire is a Norman church, built in 1090. Despite being converted into a barn, it remains in an unaltered state.
St Margaret's (Benedictine Alien Priory) was founded in the 11th century. In 1254 the monks moved to the sister cell at Linton and the small conventual church, near the parish church, was used in 1914 as a barn. The Church of St Margaret of Antioch was given to the Abbey of St Jacut-de-la-Mer in Brittany between 1086–1163, by local landowners. The lands were seized by the King in 1414 and granted to the Master and Fellows of Pembroke College, Cambridge.
In 1944 the college placed it in the guardianship of the Ministry of Works. It is a Grade 1 listed building and now in the care of English Heritage.
Locally this is known as the Priory. There are said to be tunnels connecting this with the Church; these have now been blocked up for many years. Also tunnels linking the Church to an old Grade II listed shop in the centre of the village, which is now not used.
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