Binham Priory - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Binham Priory - FURTHER INFORMATION
Binham Priory - Binham visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Binham Priory' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Norfolk.
Binham Priory, or, more accurately, St Mary's Priory in Binham, was a Benedictine priory founded in the 11th century by Peter de Valognes and his wife Albreda. Peter, a nephew of William the Conqueror, was granted lands in west and north Norfolk which included Binham village.
Much of the priory is in ruins, but part of the large nave has become the Church of St. Mary and the Holy Cross. This is still an active place of Christian worship today. Both the church and surrounding ruins are Grade I listed buildings managed by English Heritage. A notable feature of the Priory that can still be seen is a 13th century bar tracery at the western end. Inside the church visitors will find an elaborately carved font, fine carvings on the ancient pew ends and a misericord. Behind glass is the screen dado, which was whitewashed over by Puritans at one point, though this whitewash has faded in places allowing some of the figures to appear, ghost like, through it.
Binham Priory Parish Church
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Binham lies north of the A148 road between Cromer (17 miles to the east) and Fakenham (10 miles west). It is 37 miles northwest of Norwich and 32 miles from Kings Lynn.
Train: Sheringham (14 miles east) is the nearest train station.