Events in Prittlewell

Guided walk around Priory Park and visit to Prittlewell Priory

4 July 2024 | 11:00

In conjunction with Southend Museum, you will be taken on a guided tour of Priory Park, culminating with access to the Priory, a 12th century Clunaic Monastery.  The museum staff will share the history and stories of the features we see along the way.

The walk will start from Prittlewell Station at 11am on Thursday 4 July.   The walk will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.   To reserve your free place please book via the EventBright.

Priory Park was initially the grounds of the Clunaic Monastery established in the 12th Century.  In the dissolution by Henry VIII in mid 1500 it was transferred to private residential ownership. Then in 1917, a local benefactor Robert Jones brought the priory, and in May 1922 it opened as Southend’s first museum.  Whilst the original priory buildings have been significantly altered, some original features are still visible.  As we walk around the park we will see the fishing lake, walled garden, war memorial and band stand.  The story of the Saxon Prince of 580AD will also be shared, whose burial tomb was discovered during excavations in 2003.

The walk will take place over predominantly level and paved footpath.  There is no lift within the priory building itself.  Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome, however they will not be allowed inside the buildings.

After the walk why not get some lunch from the onsite café.  For those attending, and have a valid train ticket for their journey, a tea or coffee will be provided.   If on trains coming from Wickford aim to arrive at Prittlewell at 10:46 or from Southend, aim to arrive at Prittlewell at 10:53.




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